Web-Crawler: A Paired Robotic System for Cleaning Offshore Aquaculture Nets

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$95,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DG133R06CN0144
Award Id:
80786
Agency Tracking Number:
NOAA 06-33
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 242065, Anchorage, AK, 99524
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Jae-Byung Jung
Senior Engineer II
(907) 563-3474
jae-byung@scifish.com
Business Contact:
Patrick Simpson
President
(907) 563-3474
pat@scifish.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Scientific Fishery Systems, Inc. (SciFish) proposes the development of a paired robotic Web-Crawler system for automatically cleaning offshore aquaculture nets. The Web-Crawler concept places paired wheeled robotic vehicles on either side of the cage, connected by magnets. Only one of the two vehicles will be powered, the other will be passive and be pulled along by its active partner. The vehicle will follow a predetermined path defined by a wire wove into the net. It is our initial hypothesis that the repeated movement over the net will be sufficient to eliminate biofouling. However, if necessary, water jets can be added to the system to provide additional cleaning capability. Power delivery to the vehicle will be provided to the vehicle on the outside of the pen. Phase I will address specific design issues such as sizing, coverage rates, power, and reliability

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