Help with designing thruster for rov.

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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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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?
 
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thanks for reply, no have not seen how one works. Was thinking that the magnetic coupling may be the best option.
 
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Danger
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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.
 
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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.
 
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FredGarvin
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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.
 
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brewnog
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And there's plenty of bellows/labyrinth glands which will do the job wonderfully too...
 
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FredGarvin
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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.
 
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plz i want to hlep in designing thruster for ROV
 
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Hi

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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