Accession Number : ADD015987

Title :   Submersible Dock and Dump Mechanism.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 11 Dec 91, patented 17 Aug 93,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Reich, Ronald S

Report Date : 17 Aug 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Mechanically cooperating assemblies on an undersea vehicle and an instrumentation target assure the making of a rigid coupling for passing electrical, optical or fluid information between the vehicle and the instrumentation and reduce the complexity of such a coupling from a three-dimensional to a two-dimensional maneuver by the vehicle. An undersea vehicle locates a pair of spaced-apart vertical cables which are attached to an instrumentation target assembly and engages them anywhere along their length with a converging grabber assembly mounted on the forward moving underwater vehicle. After engaging the cables, the grabber assembly merely slides along the cables toward the instrumentation target assembly. When the grabber assembly is nested in the instrumentation target assembly, a rigid attachment therewith is achieved by merely retracting the grabber arm assembly to pull appropriately located mating electrical, optical or fluid information connectors together to effect a coupling since a proper alignment is guaranteed by the mating configurations of the assemblies.

Descriptors :   *COUPLINGS, *UNDERWATER VEHICLES, *PATENTS, *MANIPULATORS, ALIGNMENT, ASSEMBLY, ATTACHMENT, CABLES, CONFIGURATIONS, CONNECTORS, FLUIDS, INSTRUMENTATION, LENGTH, MANEUVERS, TARGETS, THREE DIMENSIONAL, TWO DIMENSIONAL, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, REPRINTS

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Machinery and Tools

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE