Accession Number : ADD018685

Title :   Underwater Apparatus Release Mechanism

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 18 Nov 96, patented 26 Aug 97

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Gomes, Walter J , Jr ; Barron, Thomas D

Report Date : 26 Aug 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : An underwater apparatus release mechanism disposed on an unmanned underwater vehicle. A launcher body is joined to the underwater vehicle with a fixed release guide thereon. A shroud is positioned over the front of the underwater apparatus which is disposed on the fixed release guide. A holddown strap is fastened about the shroud, underwater apparatus, and fixed release guide assembly and releasably joined to the launcher body by to release pins. The release pins are joined to a sliding plunger. The plunger is in turn connected to a solenoid which can cause movement of the plunger to release the holddown strap. Hydrodynamic forces cause the shroud and underwater apparatus to slide along the fixed release guide until they are free of the underwater vehicle.

Descriptors :   *UNDERWATER VEHICLES, *RELEASE MECHANISMS, *PATENTS, LAUNCH TUBES, HYDRODYNAMICS, ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE, PLUNGERS, ANTISUBMARINE WEAPON PROJECTORS, TORPEDO COUNTERMEASURES

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE