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Autonomous Underwater Gliders

Wood; Stephen;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2009
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Abstract
This chapter discusses the characteristics, design considerations, and performance of autonomous underwater (UW ) gliders. These buoyancy-propelled, winged vehicles can be categorized as: (1) profiling gliders that traverse in bobbing trajectories to collect vertical profiles of ocean properties and (2) cross-country gliders designed for point-to-point horizontal transport efficiency. Horizontal transport efficiency is quantified by net transport economy and specific energy consumption. The latter metric for a glider is equal to its inverse lift-to-drag ratio (also called finesse) and is equivalent to the glide slope in steady-state, nonturning glides. Increases...
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free text keywords: Underwater, Intervention AUV, Traverse, Wing, Environmental science, Drag crisis, Underwater glider, Wetted area, Marine engineering, Glider, Computer science
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