Remotely Operated Vehicle with Buoyancy Control Devices


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2023-2024 Team
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Remotely Operated Vehicle with Buoyancy Control Devices
Design Challenge
Buoyancy Control Devices (BCDs) are soft actuators that help an underwater vehicle (ROV) stay neutrally buoyant. BCDs work using reversible fuel cells to create O2 and H2 gas from water, inflating balloons to change the ROV’s volume. These work in concert with traditional thrusters to create more power-efficient controls, especially for subsea resident ROVs doing inspection, exploration, monitoring or cleanup tasks. When a BCD-based ROV picks up an object, it can stay neutrally buoyant unlike traditional vehicles. We will create a new design for these BCDs along with a demonstration ROV.
Date Updated
Monday, September 04, 2023
Bob and Lori Herlin Endowment for Design
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Nominated for Shapiro Showcase
Team Type
Collaborative Capstone Design

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