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Ryu, Ji-Chul

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


Large oceanic wave gliders are currently being used in oceans around the world to collect important data used by scientists to assess water quality and marine life. While these systems work well, and are designed for, long range missions, often taking data for several months at a time, a similar system has yet to be designed for smaller bodies of water, such as the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are currently being affected by such issues as pollution, invasive species, and the harmful effects of global warming. By deploying a wave glider system into the Great Lakes region, scientists will be able to monitor and study the development of these issues within them and work towards bettering these ecosystems. To ensure that this system is effective and would be properly suited for use in smaller bodies of water, oceanic wave gliders were researched to get a better idea of an appropriate scale, and current wave gliders and their patents were researched to ensure that the proposed idea would be suitable for its environment and it would not infringe on currently held patents. After sufficient research was conducted, a schedule was set to guide the progress of the further research, design, manufacture, and assembly of the Short-Range Wave Glider project. Electrical systems, communication, and specific manufacturing processes were also researched and formulated. A budget was then constructed based on current designs and electrical systems.


88 pages




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