MODUS: Space Shuttle for Deep-Water Operations
Abstract:This paper presents MObile Docker for Underwater Sciences (MODUS), a specialized remotely operated vehicle (ROV)for deployment, recovery, and servicing of heavy sea bottom stations, for example, scientific observatories for deep-water application (depth rated 4,000 m). Developed, built, and tested as part of the EC-funded project GEophysical and Oceanographic STation for Abyssal Research (GEOSTAR 2001), the new ROV system includes the operating vessel with winch and umbilical and the versatile "space shuttle" MODUS for handling the bottom station with modularized payload. The paper focuses on aspects of the development as well as open water trials and missions. Results from hydrodynamic analyses are presented to illustrate design studies for minimized structure drag and therefore minimized power requirements for thruster-driven horizontal movements. Motion analyses comprise the dynamic behavior of the ship and the entire deep-dived system considering hydroelastic effects. Due to the direct coupling, vertical excitations of the ship in the prevailing sea are substantially transmitted along the submerged umbilical to the ROV, causing potentially harmful slack cable situations. Results from numerical simulations illustrate the dynamic response of the system due to ship oscillations in random seas and the associated downtime of MODUS operations. The paper presents the latest technological and scientific applications of MODUS during its first cruises: Reaching depths of 3,700 m within the EC-funded projects GEOSTAR and BIOtechnology from the DEEP (BIODEEP) in the Mediterranean Sea demonstrates its high availability with reliable performance and low costs.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2003
More about this publication?
- Marine Technology is dedicated to James Kennedy, 1867-1936, marine engineer, and longtime member of the Society, in recognition and appreciation of his sincere and generous interest in furthering the art of ship design, shipbuilding, ship operation, and related activities. The Technical papers in this quarterly flagship journal cover a broad spectrum of research on the latest technological breakthroughs, trends, concepts, and discoveries in the marine industry. SNAME News is packed with Society news and information on national, section, and local levels as well as updates on committee activities, meetings, seminars, professional conferences, and employment opportunities. For access to Volume 47 Issue 2 and later, please contact SNAME
- Information for Authors
- Membership Information
- Volume 47 Issue 2 and later
- ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites