Modeling and simulation of an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for surveillance and inspection of port facilities using CFD tools

Raúl A. Valencia, Juan A. Ramírez, Luis B. Gutiérrez, Manuel J. García

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    Abstract

    This article presents theoretical and computational studies with Computational Fluids Dynamics (CFD) tools of an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), required to obtain reliable visual information, used for surveillance and maintenance of ship shells and underwater structures of Colombian port facilities. The thrust force is analyzed at the operational conditions by using CFD tools (FLUENT™, CFX™, COSMOSFLOW™) and the information about forces, torques and power of the vehicle's thrusters is obtained. The commercial propellers were modeled by using a reverse engineering process with a 3D scanner and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software (RAPIDFORM™). The results obtained with the CFD package allowed to evaluate several operating scenarios of the vehicle that are used for feedback purposes in the design process of the ROV before it be manufactured.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2008 Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2008
    Pages329-338
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2008
    Event27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2008 - Berlin, Germany
    Duration: 9 Jun 200813 Jun 2008

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE
    Volume4

    Conference

    Conference27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2008
    Country/TerritoryGermany
    CityBerlin
    Period9/06/0813/06/08

    Keywords

    • CFD
    • CFX
    • Propulsion
    • Reynolds averaged navier stokes solver
    • ROV

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