Accession Number : ADD017338

Title :   Snap Load Suppression System.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 1 Oct 93, patented 25 Oct 94,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Ruffa, Anthony A

Report Date : 25 Oct 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : A relatively short cable connects a surface vessel with an underwater vehicle such that the cable does not assume a linear or straight path, but is instead provided with an arcuate shape to avoid snap loads in tile cable. Fluctuation devices are secured to spaced locations on the cable to provide this nonlinear cable configuration. The devices are balloons that exert restoring forces on the cable as required to avoid loads as the surface vessel heaves up and down due to wave action or the like. (MM)

Descriptors :   *SHIPS, *HYDRODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS, *UNDERWATER CABLES, *PATENTS, *TOWING CABLES, *TOWED VEHICLES, OCEAN WAVES, SHIP MOTION, FLOATS, SUPPRESSION, BALLOONS, LOADS(FORCES

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE