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dc.contributor.advisorSwain, Geoffrey
dc.contributor.authorErdogan, Caglar
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-03T15:14:50Z
dc.date.available2017-04-03T15:14:50Z
dc.date.issued2016-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11141/1303
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.) - Florida Institute of Technology, 2016en_US
dc.description.abstractBiofouling is a major concern to ship owners. Biofouling increases hull roughness, increasing the frictional resistance and fuel consumption while decreasing maximum speed. Finding a way to maintain hulls free from fouling has, therefore, become a research challenge for scientists and engineers. Grooming has been proposed as a novel method for controlling fouling (Tribou and Swain 2010). It refers to the regular proactive light cleaning to maintain the hull free of fouling with minimal impact to ship coatings. The purpose of this thesis is to design, build, and deploy a compliant multiheaded grooming tool which utilized five polypropylene vertically rotating brushes that have been optimized to provide suction forces that impart sufficient grooming forces to remove biofilms and incipient fouling from the surface without causing damage to the coating. Experiments were conducted on single brushes to determine the torque, attachment force and powering required to rotate a brush. The results were then utilized to determine the characteristics of an optimized brush for the grooming tool. Based on the brush characteristics the motors, gearheads, and the servo controllers for the grooming tool were selected. Motor housings and an articulating system were then designed.en_US
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dc.titleThe Design of an Articulating Five-Headed In-Water Grooming Tool to Maintain Ships Free of Foulingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.date.updated2017-01-11T14:58:09Z
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science In Ocean Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineOcean Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.departmentMarine and Environmental Systemsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorFlorida Institute of Technologyen_US
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