An underwater glider Slocum G2 of PLOCAN has participated in the EUMarineRobots project in order to develop a model to simulate the behaviour of an underwater autonomous glider in operation.
The operation has been developed through a transnational access in collaboration with Dr. Enrico Anderlini, Postdoc Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering of the University College London. It is expected to allow automated decision-making while operating underwater gliders, which may contribute in the future to operate efficiently large fleets of gliders and to reduce costs.
Technicians of PLOCAN put into operation in Taliarte harbour an autonomous underwater glider Slocum G2 which has been manufactured by Teledyne Webb Research and has participated in the European project. During ten days it has been observed how the change of navigation variables and the biofouling process (the growth and accumulation of species on oceanic infrastructure) affect the behaviour of the underwater glider.
Preliminary scientific data obtained and glider navigation are available in http://obsplatforms.plocan.eu/vehicle/mission/83/.
EUMarineRobots (EUMR) proposes an access-infrastructure for the deployment of a full-range of aerial, surface and sub-surface marine robotic assets, the combined value of which is far greater than the sum of their parts. EUMR will open transnational access to significant national marine robotics R&D assets across Europe.
The EUMR consortium comprises 15 partners from 10 countries that provide access to more than 60 different robotic systems, more than 10 research vessels and more than 10 marine test bench systems. The network is a strong and balanced grouping of globally distinguished key players with diverse, track-record of excellence across marine /robotic sectors. Partners, including PLOCAN, are members of a wide variety of existing networks, and research infrastructure collaborations both formal and informal across Europe and the world.
The marine-robotics industry is growing rapidly. It is a crucial high-value/high-cost sector with considerable entry barriers to R&D. The full growth potential of this industry will be greatly enhanced with access to shared robotic research infrastructure.
The EUMarineRobots Project, reference number 731103, is funded by the European H2020 programme through call for projects H2020-INFRAIA-2017-1.