Utilization of Bio-inspired Fin Structure for the Enhancement of UVV Maneuverability

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Jim Kenneally and 1/C Evan Klatt

Adviser(s): Professor Dennis Evangelista

Poster #98

The ability of a UUV to navigate confined environments, coral reefs, and return to its launch site remain prevalent concerns for naval superiority and oceanic research. Considering previous studies of fish locomotion, we will study the fin motion pattern for desired activity. This project builds on previous research, which only analyzed the thrust generated by single fin types. Using hardware recreation of fins, we analyze the ideal foil patterns to recreate a desired motion, with intentions of blending forward and lateral movement for seamless operation. The results from research will utilize bio-inspired fins to facilitate low speed maneuverability.

Full Size Robotics and Controls Engineering #98