Accession Number : ADD016469

Title :   Lateral Force Device for Underwater Towed Array.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, Filed 20 Dec 93,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Owsley, Norman ; Law, John F ; Vanasse, Robert ; Ebner, Stephen ; Knutson, Richard

Report Date : 20 Dec 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : A lateral force device for displacing a towed underwater acoustic cable providing displacement in the horizontal and vertical directions having a spool and a rotationally mounted winged fuselage. The hollow spool is mounted on a cable with cable elements passing therethrough. The winged fuselage is made with the top half relatively positively buoyant and the bottom half relatively negatively buoyant. The winged fuselage is mounted about the hollow spool with clearance to allow rotation of the fuselage. The difference in buoyancy between the upper and lower fuselage maintains the device in the correct operating position. The wings are angled to provide lift in the desired direction as the fuselage is towed through the water.

Descriptors :   *UNDERWATER ACOUSTICS, *TOWED ARRAYS, *PATENT APPLICATIONS, ACOUSTICS, BOTTOM, BUOYANCY, CABLES, CLEARANCES, DISPLACEMENT, FUSELAGES, LIFT, ROTATION, UNDERWATER, WATER, WINGS

Subject Categories : Acoustics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE