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Article title PROPULSORS OF MARINE ROBOTS: FEATURES OF DESIGN AND OPERATION CONTROL
Authors V. O. Borusevich, A. Yu. Yakovlev
Section SECTION III. SYSTEMS OF ENERGETICS, HOMING AND SENSOR EQUIPMENT
Month, Year 01, 2018 @en
Index UDC 629.5
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Abstract Propulsors are an integral part of marine robots (MR), and their characteristics determine control algorithms of MR. The paper analyzes the features of marine robot propulsors, assesses the relevance of their use for various tasks. The propulsors with open and ducted propellers and bow thruster were investigated. The analysis of propulsors efficiency has been presented in the paper at different operating modes, including in the flow inclination. It has been showed that modern methods of propulsor design and optimization allow to greatly improve the propulsor in comparison with the ordinary propulsors of MR. For example application of optimized propulsors may get 1.5 times higher thrust on the bollard pool mode. Additional increasing of thrust and efficiency may be realized by means of energy saving devices. A few types of energy saving devices for the bow thruster have been matched. There presented stator blades rows, coaxial propellers and rim driver. For instance an application of rim driver leads to the thrust increase of about 17% in the case study. The issues of engine and propulsor interaction and noise of propulsors have been investigated separately. The propulsor – engine interaction has been investigated for two modes of engine performance: in case of a constant capacity or a constant torque on the shaft when changed is the number of revolutions. It has been demonstrated the deviation of propulsor mode from the planned one may lead to mismatch of propulsor and engine. It may results in serious thrust reduction. It is concluded that it is necessary to design propulsors of MR by modern methodology and advisable to develop the collection of propellers with different power for use on MR.

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Keywords Propulsors; marine robots; design; optimization; marine propellers; ducted propellers; rim driver; energy saving devices; engine.
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