Conversion of two- man submersible for shallow depth oceanographic research: phase II-potential utilization, instrumentation study
Fisher, Thomas Mark
Thornton, Edward B.
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A multi-phase project directed toward determining the suitability of a two-man, shallow depth submersible in oceanographic research is in progress at the Naval Postgraduate School. This thesis, Phase II of the project, addresses the instrumentation and potential oceanographic use of the craft. Based on previous submersible and habitat oceanographic operations, projected utilization of the craft, Sea Otter, has been specified for applications in biology, geology, acoustics, chemistry and physical oceanography. Modifications recommended to amplify Sea Otter's research potential include addition of an equipment brow and a manipulator as well as substitution of fiberglass units for the steel ballast tanks. Designs for the brow and manipulator are proposed. Equipment packages are suggested which will fulfill requirements of the stated applications. Proposed modifications and equipment meet several restrictive criteria including weight, cost, power, availability and Navy certification criteria.
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