Nautilus and Mantaris: The
design and fabrication of Santa Clara Universitys
second and third ROV
Chad Bulich, and others
Santa Clara University
Wednesday, April 26, 2000
3:00 p.m.Pacific Forum
spring of 1999, the Santa Clara Remote Extreme Environment Mechanisms (SCREEM) lab formed
its second underwater ROV design team as part of its Extreme Environment Telepresence
Enchanced ROV (ExETER) program. With funding from The West Coast and Polar Regions
Undersea Research Center, the team had the goal of designing, manufacturing, and
delivering a versatile and scientifically capable ROV after one complete school year.
Using the experience gained in the previous year from the first ROV design group, team
Triton, a design plan had to be quickly created and implemented in order to successfully
deliver the ROV by the end of the school year.
The ExETER2 team decided to first start out by designing a test ROV in order to gain
knowledge and experience toward ROV design and fabrication. Named Nautilus, the
main goal of Santa Clara Universitys (SCU) second ROV was to focus on the design and
fabrication of the syntactic foam flotation. Completed in late March, the knowledge gained
from this vehicle was then carried into the design of Mantaris, SCUs third
ROV. Mantaris was designed at approximately 400 pounds with the capability of
carrying a wide variety of scientific payloads. SCU has been working closely with Deep
Ocean Engineering and MBARI throughout the process, and students continue to work hard to
complete the fabrication of ROV Mantaris.
In this seminar, the design philosophy of the lab and the subsequent design and
capabilities of both Nautilus and Mantaris will be discussed.
Next: Automatic vision-based local positioning, navigation, and seafloor mapping for unmanned submersible vehicles
Last updated: December 19, 2000