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Design Project Management: Boeing Underwater Robotic Technologies [R13201]

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Outline

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DPM – Project Definition

Current progress

Project Ideas in the following areas:

Limited Bandwidth Communication

Navigation Systems

Energy Systems

Payloads and Sensor Systems

Autonomy

Summary of Project Ideas

Next Steps

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DPM – Project Definition

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Conducted interviews with invested faculty members

Project Background/Research

Voice of the Customer/Objective Tree

Functional Decomposition

Metrics and Specifications

House of Quality

Risk Management

Engineering Analysis

Feasibility

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Agenda

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Limited Bandwidth Communication

Navigation

Systems

Autonomy

Energy

Systems

Payloads and Sensor

Systems

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Limited Bandwidth Communication Projects

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There are two emerging communication technologies, Laser and LED. For each of these technologies, the proposed project consists of:

Creation

of a model to optimize data transfer rates and range for laser and LED wavelengths in various conditions

.

Testing the commercial or

in-house manufactured

optical system to verify the results of the model and pursue longer range models and tests

.

Manufacturing a waterproof

housing

for both the communication device and the receiver.

This project could be pursued simultaneously for both Laser and LED methods of communication. Only one housing should be developed but it should be compatible with both systems.

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Agenda

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Limited Bandwidth Communication

Navigation

Systems

Autonomy

Energy Systems

Payloads and Sensor

Systems

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Navigation Systems – Proposed Projects

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Precision Operations:

Design a robotics rig which accomplishes the following:

Identifying and avoiding obstacles

Delivering payloads

Navigating both known and unfamiliar territory

Endurance Operations:

Design

a robotics rig which accomplishes the following

:

Minimizing drift over time

Maximizing submersion times

Navigating effectively for long periods

Navigating both known and unfamiliar territory

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Navigation Systems – Precision Operations

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For this project a student-designed rig would accomplish tasks similar to those typically

seen

in the

AUVSI/ONR Underwater Vehicle

competition. Possible tasks include:

Navigating a specific course path while identifying and avoiding obstacles

Delivering specific payloads

Precision navigation using a visual camera or other high accuracy instrumentation

Possibly employing sensors to locate oil or other targets

This project would likely be a long term project due to the integration of the various systems required.

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Navigation Systems – Endurance Operations

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This project would utilize a student-designed rig to focus on the endurance aspects of the system, including:

Maximizing submersion times while minimizing drift in GPS-denied environments.

Navigating effectively for long periods

Identifying and avoiding obstacles

Possibly employing sensors to do carry out these objectives within the framework of a sensing mission

Once again, this would likely be a long term project due to the integration of the various systems required.

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Agenda

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Limited Bandwidth Communication

Navigation

Systems

Autonomy

Energy Systems

Payloads and Sensor

Systems

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Benchmark of Current Collegiate Autonomous Technology/Research

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University of Michigan - Perceptual Robotics Laboratory

Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)

Algorithms

University of Tokyo - URA Lab

R1

(long Range AUV

)

MIT

SLAM

Algorithm

Heriot-Watt

– Ocean Systems

Laboratory

Fast Marching (FM) algorithm

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Autonomy

– RIT Research

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Dr

Sahin

– Electrical Engineering

Faculty advisor to Robotics Club

He has research experience related to autonomous systems

RIT

Robotics Club

Already

has autonomous systems experience

Currently

compete in IGVC (Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition)

Teams design and build an autonomous ground vehicle capable of completing several difficult challenges

Dr

.

Kolodziej

Imaging Science Project

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle project for RIT

imaging science

Dr. Walter

Swarm Robots

Research (with Dr.

Sahin

)

Autonomous Mobile Robots at Imagine RIT

http

://www.rit.edu/imagine/planyourday12/exhibit.php?id=811

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Autonomy Ideas

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Potential Ideas

Swarm robots

application

Entry into the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems

International (AUVSI)

RoboSub

competition

Long term

goal

Dr.

Sahin

proposed 2 ideas that the Robotics Club could work on

Basic autonomy in an underwater environment

Autonomy + Navigation in a GPS-denied underwater environment

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Agenda

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Limited Bandwidth Communication

Navigation

Systems

Autonomy

Energy Systems

Payloads and Sensor

Systems

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Energy Systems – RIT Strengths/Research

Thermoelectric Research (Dr. Stevens)

Thermoelectric energy recovery

Fuel Cell Research (Dr.

Kolodziej

& Dr.

Kandlikar

)

PEM Fuel Cell

SOFC Fuel Cell

Fuel Cell Laboratory

Study PEM fuel cells supplied with hydrogen and oxygen

Past Senior Design Projects

Solar Stirling Engine

Thermoelectric Power Pack

Photovoltaic Energy Harvesting

Micro-Hydro Generator

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Energy Systems – Project Ideas

Thermoelectrics

Using excess heat to generate power

Heat produced from batteries

Heat produced from on-board electronics

Would need a method of simulating heat loss within the system

Obtain engineering specifications and power inputs

Design a system that would simulate these inputs

Underwater

Solar Panels

Absorb energy from the blue-green portion of the visible light spectrum (400 - 700 nanometers

)

Micro-Hydro

Generator

Pull behind hydro-foil

Propeller turbine

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Energy Systems – Project Ideas

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Fuel Cell

Look at designing a fuel cell that could meet the power requirements

Possibly use salt water as an electrolyte with magnesium based fuel cell

Stirling

Engine

Could be used in conjunction with a fuel cell

Could be connected to any alternative heat source

Salt

Water as Fuel

Focused on feasibility

Look at how RF signals affect the chemical composition of salt water

Energy ratios

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Agenda

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Limited Bandwidth Communication

Navigation

Systems

Autonomy

Energy Systems

Payloads and Sensor

Systems

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Innovative Payload and Sensor Ideas

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Modular sensor interface

Creates a customizable end product for the customer

Swarm

Robotics

Opportunity to complete multiple objectives simultaneously during a mission

Air Muscle actuated robotic arm

Competitors in the oil and gas segment utilize hydraulic actuated robotic arms.

RIT has expertise with air muscles and there’s an opportunity for them to be a viable alternative to hydraulics

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Modular

Sensor/Payload Interface

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Central sensor interface that allows customers to easily add additional sensors for specific jobs.

Project idea:

Swappable bays

Set of common sensor packages

Oil/Gas Detection

Ocean mapping

Marine life

monitoring

Customizable aftermarket bay for customer retrofitting

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Swarm Robotics Storage

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Collaborative small-scale robots that are released by the main vessel.

Project ideas:

Storage, launch, and collection system

Develop a method to safely store robots that also provides an easy and reliable method to release and collect the swarm during operation

Possible swappable payload bay

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Air Muscle

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Air Muscle actuated Robotic Arm

RIT has a significant background in air muscle design and research from several past Senior Design projects

Comparable to competitors’ hydraulic robotic arm (Kraft

TeleRobotics

)

Advantages

Power-to-size ratio greater than

h

ydraulic system

Possibility for dexterity (robotic hand as opposed to clamp)

Provides more capabilities for the customer

Disadvantages

Compressor size constraint

Non-linear output

Vessel redesign to allow additional load support

Kraft

TeleRobotics

hydraulic arm

RIT Biomimetic Crab with air muscles

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Air Muscle

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Project Ideas:

Air muscle design and development for high pressure marine environments

Assess the feasibility of using air muscles at great depth in the sea

Testing of incompressible fluids as a substitute to air

Air muscle actuated arm & hand

Design and development of a robotic arm with the dexterity of a hand

Glove Control

Operator uses glove to control movements of robotic arms

RIT Air Muscle Artificial Limb

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Summary of Project Ideas

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Limited Bandwidth Communications

Laser-based communication development

LED-based communication development

Navigation Systems

Precision-Based Navigation Capabilities

Endurance-Based Navigation Capabilities

Energy Systems

Optimization

(thermoelectrics

, underwater solar panels,

hydro-foil)

New energy system (fuel cell, stirling engine, salt water)

Payloads and Sensor Systems

Air Muscle actuated robotic arm

Storage and launch of swarm robots (dependent on autonomy)

Modular Sensor Interface

Autonomy

Swarm robots

AUVSI Competition

Dr.

Sahin’s

idea proposals

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Next Steps

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RIT Team

Develop functional decompositions for project ideas

Develop metrics and specifications

Brainstorm plausible solutions

Boeing/Kevin

Provide feedback to RIT Team on project ideas

Did we fully capture your needs?

Which ideas should be pursued?

Which areas need more direction?