The University of Auckland

Project #80: Development of the propulsion control hardware for autonomous marine survey drone.

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Description:

The student will join a Ph.D. student and help in a bathymetry project. The students will work on two subsystems of the boat: the propulsion and integrity monitoring. The propulsion is, itself, composed of 3 subsystems:

·       Electric brushless motors (1 left and 1 right) connected to jet pumps

·       ESC (electronic speed controller)

·       Water-cooling loop

One aspect of the project will explore various control techniques and also develop a methodology to model the boat in specific conditions. 

The second aspect is an IMS (Integrity Monitoring System). This is an independent subsystem and includes a sensors, a control PCB and will use a PSoC as a micro-controller. The purpose to develop a failsafe sensory system to detect water egress into the vehicle.


Outcome:

Hardware and software gadgets that can be integrated into the existing vehicle electronics bay. 

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