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Design of Ocean Systems

As taught in: Fall 2005

Schematic of a torpedo-shaped underwater vessel with upward radar beams.

NOAA's Remus AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) is used for shallow water hydrographic surveying. The 2.019 class project is to build and test an autonomous surface vessel capable of tracking AUVs like this one. (Diagram courtesy of NOAA.)


Prof. Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis

Prof. Franz Hover

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Course Features

Course Description

This course is the completion of the cycle of designing, implementing and testing an ocean system, including hardware and software implementation, that begins with 2.017J. Design lectures are given in hydrodynamics, power and thermal aspects of ocean vehicles, environment, materials and construction for ocean use, electronics, sensors, and actuators. Student teams work within schedule and budget, setting goals, reviewing progress, and making regular and final presentations. Instruction and practice occur in oral and written communication.

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