Mexican Students Develop a Tool to Map the Depths of the Sea

Mexican students developed ROV Submarino, a useful tool for mapping and researching marine soils, as well as maintaining pipelines, and with which they will participate in the “Marine Advanced Technology Education-ROV Competition“, in Washington, United States, on January 21. June.

At this time, young people are testing various subsystems and configurations to see which will be the most suitable or with optimal performance to get well prepared for the US competition of submarine automata.

The students are from the Bachelor of Engineering and Administration of the Center for Technical and Higher Education (CETYS) University.

According to Luis Básaca Preciado, coordinator of Engineering in Electronic Cybernetics of the School of Engineering of the CETYS University, the robot has a computer and visualization unit, which receives all the data that is sent from the bottom of the water.

While in the inner part it has a microcomputer that runs all the algorithms it needs for its movement, image processing and precise calculations so it can compete, Notimex pointed out.

The robot has several subsystems that allow the movement of the vehicle with motors against water, to see and detect objects by means of a camera, measure distances and manipulate objects by means of tools designed to work in the depths.

In addition, you can make a good underwater wireless communication, alert in the presence of water or leaks inside the electronics box; It has a metallic chassis that joins all the subsystems, as well as a waterproof polycarbonate box, which houses all the liquid sensitive electronic devices.

Básaca Preciado said that the microcomputer consists of 40 digital inputs and outputs, a 64-bit quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a built-in Wifi and Bluetooth module, a 10/100 LAN connection, an HDMI port, and four USB ports. among other technological specifications.

“This robot is designed to perform various tasks underwater, from object manipulation to energy transfer through electromagnetic waves for underwater devices, where the presence of physical wiring is difficult,” he explained.

One of the advantages of this vehicle is that its manufacture is based on low-cost materials and, when possible, of reused material, in this way it contributes to the protection of the environment.

The “Marine Advanced Technology Education-ROV Competition” is divided into four categories: Explorer, Ranger, Navigator, Scout, and students will participate in the first, which consists of an international competition divided into three main tasks.

The first is to detect and recover an airplane, a task that must be achieved with the use of positioning and prediction algorithms to determine the location of the aircraft’s shock, after an operational error, it will subsequently have to be recovered by submerging the robot.

The second challenge is to submerge the automaton, provide energy to a seismograph and, by means of electromagnetic waves, recover the data and plot it on the surface.

Mexican submarine robot

The last task is to position an array of turbines for the generation of energy by means of underwater currents, where it will also be necessary to obtain the location of the maximum power generation point underwater by means of optimization calculations.

Last year, students from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Cuernavaca campus, participated in this contest and stood out as the only Latin American team.


Source: La Jornada