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An experimental study of voice-coil driven synthetic jet propulsion for underwater vehicles

Polsenberg-Thomas, A. M. and Burdick, Joel and Mohseni, Kamran (2005) An experimental study of voice-coil driven synthetic jet propulsion for underwater vehicles. In: Oceans 2005. Oceans IEEE. IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, pp. 923-927. ISBN 0-933957-34-3 .

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This paper investigates the thrust and flow structures produced by submerged synthetic jet actuators. Inspired by the propulsion methods of many sea creatures, such as jellyfish, squids, and salps; synthetic jets use vortex rings to create a net thrust. To assess the potential usability of these thrusters for propulsion and maneuvering of small underwater vehicles, a range of synthetic jet thruster prototypes were built, and both flow visualization and thrust measurement experiments were executed. Based on the experimental results obtained from these models, we discuss the feasibility of using these thrusters on small, slow, but maneuverable vehicles.

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Additional Information:© 2005 IEEE. Date of Current Version: 26 June 2006. This work could not have been accomplished without the assistance of Professor John Dabiri, Dr. Michele Milano and Professor Mory Gharib of Caltech. Caltech student Kathleen Fischer is responsible for much of the early DPIV done on these prototypes. We would also like to thank Caltech students Joanna Cohen, Aimee Eddins, Jesse Escobeda, Vicente Fernandez, Maxwell Grazier G’Sell, and Amish Patel for their assistance in the productions of the thruster prototypes. The first author was partially supported by a Department of Defense fellowship and a PEO Scholar Award. Additonal support was also provided by the National Science Foundation, grants NSF9402726 and NSF0413078.
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Official Citation:Polsenberg-Thomas, A.M.; Burdick, J.; Mohseni, K.; , "An experimental study of voice-coil driven synthetic jet propulsion for underwater vehicles," OCEANS, 2005. Proceedings of MTS/IEEE , vol., no., pp. 923- 927 Vol. 1, 2005 doi: 10.1109/OCEANS.2005.1639873 URL:
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