Sukhorukov A.L., Titov M.A.
This study defines hydrodynamic characteristics of underwater gliders based upon numeric solution of Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equation. The characteristics were compared with experimental data and it was shown that it is possible to use numeric methods of viscous fluid dynamics for development of a shape of such objects. Mathematical model of glider’s motion was designed. Feasibility of its use as a towing vehicle for another underwater object was studied. Analytical estimations of glider motion parameters were obtained at steady-state modes with and without account of towing force.