Autonomous underwater vehicles, AUVs, are currently used in a wide range of marine applications such as offshore energy and marine research sectors. To power on-board equipment, as well as the drive of AUVs, batteries are used. This limits the range and capability of current AUV systems. Re-charging of these AUVs by wired means in an offshore marine environment has a number of disadvantages. This project aims to develop a bi-directional wireless charging system that is suitable for this application. Students, assigned to this project, are expected to design and build a small scale bidirectional wireless charging system that overcomes the main disadvantages wired chargers. The project involves modelling, analysis, simulations and both software and hardware design.
A prototype bidirectional wireless charging system to demonstrate the viability of the concept
Lab allocations have not been finalised