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Help with designing thruster for rov.

  1. Jan 6, 2007 #1
    Hi there,
    I plan to build a ROV, and am currently looking at different methods of propulsion. I do not wish to use `o` rings or seals and have considered magnetic coupling for the propellor to the electric motor, or even hydraulics. Cost is an issue. Would appreciate any advice on building a ROV. Plan to build a ROV to use in depths of around 100m. Thanks.
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  3. Jan 6, 2007 #2
    A magnetic coupling sounds like the best way to avoid orings but it should not be a seperate magnetic coupling than the one that already exist between the motor and its' rotor. Have you ever seen how an small aquarium water pump works?
  4. Jan 6, 2007 #3
    thanks for reply, no have not seen how one works. Was thinking that the magnetic coupling may be the best option.
  5. Jan 8, 2007 #4


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    This came up a long time ago, with quite a long series of responses. One suggestion was to not bother sealing the motor and just flood it with mineral oil to keep water out. I can't remember the exact details, but a forum search should bring it up for you.
  6. Jan 8, 2007 #5
    Thanks danger, will do a search and see what comes up. Have heard of that before, sounds like a good option perhaps easier than the magnetic coupling.
  7. Jan 9, 2007 #6


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    I guess I don't understand the aversion to using o-rings. They are easy and cheap. They will handle pretty much any pressure gradient you throw at them and have a wide variety of materials to suit any application.
  8. Jan 9, 2007 #7


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    And there's plenty of bellows/labyrinth glands which will do the job wonderfully too...
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    A labby is probably not the best for this application. They have to be constantly rotating in order to seal. If I am not correct, there are going to be times where these thrusters would not be moving. Plus to get a complete seal it would have to have a buffer supply of air from somewhere.
  10. Oct 1, 2009 #9
    plz i want to hlep in designing thruster for ROV
  11. Aug 11, 2010 #10

    Use lip seals and fill the whole thing with oil.
    Silicone oil is best, but almost any thin floating oil can be used.
    +0,3- +0,5 bar compensation on the oil is recommended.
    Works fine, and no limits regarding ocean depth.
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