A next-generation AUV energy system based on aluminum-seawater combustion

Timothy Francis Miller, Jeremy L. Walter, Daniel H. Kiely

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Abstract

This paper describes a hypothetical seawater-breathing AUV energy system based on the reaction of powdered aluminum. The reaction of aluminum with seawater offers improvement in energy density that will revolutionize long duration underwater operation. Although the system is hypothetical, the critical components are currently undergoing active engineering research and development. Consequently, this paper also describes in more detail the critical components of the system. The technical maturity level of this component development suggests that the development of a next-generation aluminum-seawater combustion system for AUV applications is feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages111-119
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventProceedings of the 2002 Workshop on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2002Jun 21 2002

Other

OtherProceedings of the 2002 Workshop on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period6/20/026/21/02

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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