Development of Power/Signal Management System with light-sourced carrier tracking function

C. H. Lin, C. K. Lin

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This study developed a Power/Signal Management System (PSMS) to cope with complex ocean environment which ROV/ AUV operates in. System connects with mother ship by a high-tensile armored cable and is able to carry underwater vehicle by a neutral buoyancy cable. It integrates five different functional sub-systems: shore-end system, the main structure, power system, propulsion system, communication and sensor system, to perform sinking, floating, underwater image acquisition, environmental information gathering, and underwater vehicle laying. Besides, we use light source as the target, and apply image processing and fuzzy theory to control the propulsion system to performance automatically underwater vehicle tracking. Several tests including laying the ROV, AUV, and power/signal transmission and tacking function carried out in towing tank show that the performance of PSMS is appropriate. In addition, the PSMS is able to find out a fixed light source within several seconds, and catch up with a moving light source. The feasibility of light source tracking function in short distance application is verified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Taiwan Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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