Design of circularly towed cable-body systems

Varma Gottimukkala, Christopher D. Rahn

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Abstract

Circularly towed cable-body systems can be used to pickup and deliver payloads, provide surveillance, and tow aerial and marine vehicles. To provide a stable operating platform, the body or end mass should have a unique and stable steady state solution with small diameter so that it travels at a much slower speed than the tow vehicle. In this paper, the minimum damping is calculated that ensures the stable single valued steady state solutions as a function of non-dimensional system parameters including cable length and end mass. Steady state solutions are found using the numerical continuation and bifurcation analysis and Galerkin's method provides the linearized vibration equations that determine stability. Bifurcation analysis is also used to find the minimum achievable end mass radius. A design algorithm is presented and demonstrated using an example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011
Pages685-692
Number of pages8
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
EventASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Aug 28 2011Aug 31 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume1

Other

OtherASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period8/28/118/31/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Gottimukkala, V., & Rahn, C. D. (2011). Design of circularly towed cable-body systems. In ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011 (PARTS A AND B ed., pp. 685-692). (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 1, No. PARTS A AND B). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2011-47465