HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Engineering Materials
Slideshow: Next-Gen Wave Glider Robot Propelled by Solar
5/7/2013

< Previous   Image 2 of 5      Next >

All Wave Glider autonomous unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs), including the new SV3 shown here, consist of a surfboard-sized float tethered to an underwater propulsion system that harvests energy from waves as the primary propulsion source.   (Source: Liquid Robotics)
All Wave Glider autonomous unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs), including the new SV3 shown here, consist of a surfboard-sized float tethered to an underwater propulsion system that harvests energy from waves as the primary propulsion source.
(Source: Liquid Robotics)

< Previous   Image 2 of 5      Next >

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Page 1/3  >  >>
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Impressive tech combo
Ann R. Thryft   5/9/2013 12:08:32 PM
NO RATINGS
Rob and Chuck, this robot has successfully completed several different multi-thousand-mile voyages across the Pacific, and is used by the US government and private firms for long-term, unattended missions that last up to a year. It's built to handle just about anything, including collecting data during Hurricane Isaac: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=250192

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Impressive tech combo
Ann R. Thryft   5/9/2013 12:07:37 PM
NO RATINGS
When I first heard of the Wave Glider, its propulsion system was what intrigued me the most. Thanks for posting that link, RHar. the company has put a bit more info online about how this works than when I first wrote about it last year. In any case, it struck me as one of those "why didn't someone else already think of it?" obvious-in-hindsight inventions.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Impressive tech combo
Charles Murray   5/8/2013 7:38:12 PM
NO RATINGS
I would think that really powerful waves could provide more energy than this robot can handle, Rob.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Next -Gen Wave Glider Robot
Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2013 7:03:50 PM
NO RATINGS
bobjengr, there's a brief discussion about propulsion on their website, which RHar helpfully posted below. Here's the link again: http://www.liquidr.com/technology/wave-motion.html

bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
Next -Gen Wave Glider Robot
bobjengr   5/8/2013 4:13:26 PM
NO RATINGS
Very informative.  I had no idea this technology existed.  I did look on their web site but did not see any information as to how the robot was guided.   Do you know what steering mechanism is used to get from point"A" to point "B"?  Excellent Post Ann.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Impressive tech combo
Rob Spiegel   5/8/2013 1:47:14 PM
NO RATINGS
Good point, Chuck. I alslo wonder if the device is built to withstand rough seas. That might provide a bit too much energy.

Debera Harward
User Rank
Silver
Re: Impressive tech combo
Debera Harward   5/8/2013 1:22:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Yes Anandy You are correct these robots can be used by navy in their missions, Secondly they can be very important asset in getting soil ,underwater and earths crust information. With all these information one can take precautionary measures if god forbidds some natural disaster comes into notice

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tied together with a bow
Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2013 1:17:34 PM
NO RATINGS
Clinton, thanks for the kind words. Putting these robot slideshows together is a lot of fun (as well as a lot of work). I also try to give some context to our readers, since, as a reader myself, I have the same frustrations when that's missing. Glad to hear this effort is useful.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Impressive tech combo
Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2013 1:12:26 PM
NO RATINGS
Debera, we've done a couple of slideshows that include unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Here are the links if you're interested in finding out more: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=262528 http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=246206

CLMcDade
User Rank
Gold
Tied together with a bow
CLMcDade   5/8/2013 9:43:04 AM
NO RATINGS
Ann,

Nice follow up story.  It is interesting to see how they are evolving their design and use of solar energy.

One of the things I really like about your columns is that when relevant or useful, you reference past articles, bringing expanded insight to the current article or updating the information that the old one provided with new developments.  And you provide links to make reading further easy.

When reading columns in Design News or on other sites, I often find that I remember previously reading a related article that has relevance to the current one, but don't have the time (or the organization) to go and find it on my own. You usually do that for us, and it is appreciated.

Thanks for your efforts.

Clinton

Page 1/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Engineering Materials
As the 3D printing and overall additive manufacturing ecosystem grows, standards and guidelines from standards bodies and government organizations are increasing. Multiple players with multiple needs are also driving the role of 3DP and AM as enabling technologies for distributed manufacturing.
A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
For vehicles to meet the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, three things must happen: customers must look beyond the data sheet and engage materials supplier earlier, and new integrated multi-materials are needed to make step-change improvements.
3D printing, 4D printing, and various types of additive manufacturing (AM) will get even bigger in 2015. We're not talking about consumer use, which gets most of the attention, but processes and technologies that will affect how design engineers design products and how manufacturing engineers make them. For now, the biggest industries are still aerospace and medical, while automotive and architecture continue to grow.
More and more -- that's what we'll see from plastics and composites in 2015, more types of plastics and more ways they can be used. Two of the fastest-growing uses will be automotive parts, plus medical implants and devices. New types of plastics will include biodegradable materials, plastics that can be easily recycled, and some that do both.
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 26 - 30, IPv6 for Micros – Hands-On
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Stratasys
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service