Use of Gliding Effect for Motion of Underwater Vehicles

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.

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