Jellyfish inspired unmanned underwater vehicle

Alex Villanueva, Scott Bresser, Sanghun Chung, Yonas Tadesse, Shashank Priya

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Abstract

An unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) was designed inspired by the form and functionality of a Jellyfish. These natural organisms were chosen as bio-inspiration for a multitude of reasons including: efficiency of locomotion, lack of natural predators, proper form and shape to incorporate payload, and varying range of sizes. The structure consists of a hub body surrounded by bell segments and microcontroller based drive system. The locomotion of UUV was achieved by shape memory alloy "Biometal Fiber" actuation which possesses large strain and blocking force with adequate response time. The main criterion in design of UUV was the use of low-profile shape memory alloy actuators which act as artificial muscles. In this manuscript, we discuss the design of two Jellyfish prototypes and present experimental results illustrating the performance and power consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationElectroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 10 2009
EventElectroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2009Mar 12 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7287
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherElectroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period3/9/093/12/09

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underwater vehicles
Underwater Vehicle
locomotion
Shape Memory
Locomotion
shape memory alloys
Shape memory effect
Artificial muscle
predators
inspiration
Large Strain
hubs
Microcontroller
Trace Elements
Predator
Microcontrollers
muscles
actuation
organisms
payloads

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Villanueva, A., Bresser, S., Chung, S., Tadesse, Y., & Priya, S. (2009). Jellyfish inspired unmanned underwater vehicle. In Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009 [72871G] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 7287). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.815754
Villanueva, Alex ; Bresser, Scott ; Chung, Sanghun ; Tadesse, Yonas ; Priya, Shashank. / Jellyfish inspired unmanned underwater vehicle. Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009. 2009. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering).
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Villanueva, A, Bresser, S, Chung, S, Tadesse, Y & Priya, S 2009, Jellyfish inspired unmanned underwater vehicle. in Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009., 72871G, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 7287, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009, San Diego, CA, United States, 3/9/09. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.815754

Jellyfish inspired unmanned underwater vehicle. / Villanueva, Alex; Bresser, Scott; Chung, Sanghun; Tadesse, Yonas; Priya, Shashank.

Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009. 2009. 72871G (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 7287).

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