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An innovative magnetic joint design has been developed as part of the construction of a bio-inspired Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for wind farm inspection. This paper presents our design solutions for a jointed watertight AUV body made using current 3D printing techniques to achieves water tightness and resilient composite metal-polymer bonding.The design avoids dynamic interfaces and the need for rotary seals yet achieves robustness and strength. Test results prove a successful implementation of the magnetic connection between a freely rotating inner shaft and a driven outer shaft in a fish-like jointed AUV body.
|Title of host publication||2020 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Symposium (AUV)|
|Place of Publication||Piscataway, NJ.|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2020|
|Event||2020 IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Symposium - St. John's, Canada|
Duration: 30 Sep 2020 → 2 Oct 2020
|Conference||2020 IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Symposium|
|Period||30/09/20 → 2/10/20|
- robotic fish
- autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)
- 3d printing
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