Experimental Marine Vehicle Project

$1,980 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 58 months
We are a college senior project team made up of five highly motivated Mechanical Engineering students from Cal Poly Pomona.  Our names are Brian, Andrew, Ketton, Abraham, and Ben and we are Team UV. 

Currently, naval Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) is completed by our troops, putting them in danger.  In order to keep our warriors out of harm’s way, we are developing an unmanned underwater reconnaissance vehicle that can perform these functions without risking the lives of the special operators in the field.  In addition to benefiting the defense industry, this type of vehicle could be used to make ground-breaking advances in the fields of mine detection, underwater inspection, and exploration, effectively opening up the door for a new way to explore the marine environment.

During the past 6 months, we have developed an innovative underwater propulsion system that advances beyond the traditional propeller.  In addition to this, we conducted massive amounts of research into the behavior of water as it relates to propulsion.  This research has been applied to the optimization of our propulsion system and we have begun to incorporate it into a cutting edge, stealthy, highly maneuverable, unmanned underwater vehicle.

In the hope of inspiring interest in science and engineering, we have created a website (TeamUV.org ) dedicated to providing insight into the world of engineering and its effect on everyday life.  We post articles sharing some of the research we have conducted, the engineering mindset, and current advancements and discoveries in the fields of science and engineering.

We are currently preparing to manufacture our vehicle for testing, but lack the funds to complete the project.  Our only barrier is financial.  We are a dedicated, passionate team, who needs your help to achieve our goals to modernize the way vehicles move underwater.  Your support would directly enable us to produce a solution that could save lives and help to further explore the world’s oceans.  Every donation, regardless of size, will help.

For more information, Team UV’s full story, or to learn more about the world of engineering, please visit TeamUV.org .

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Team UV has posted 2 more pictures on our website: one of Brian's conceptual sketches from April 2014 of a UV concept following a distant submarine and an initial UV concept 3D model. To learn more and about fish movement, biomimicry, and how both have been incorporated into our design, please visit TeamUV.org where the article will go live at 1000 hours 1-20-15!

Article direct link (once published): http://wp.me/p4NkWU-3Q6
A UV concept model from April 2014.
Sketch of concept following distant sub.
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A few days ago, Team UV was selected to present some of our research regarding our underwater vehicle and its propulsion system at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research...

Please visit TeamUV.org to read the rest of this update (post title: 2nd Research Conference & Fundraising!) and to learn about an exciting new drag-reducing technology we will be utilizing on our vehicle!

Direct link to the post on our website: http://wp.me/p4NkWU-3oW
Photo Credit: CUR.org
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Team UV would like to update our readers and supporters with regards to the progress you all have helped us to make through our fundraising campaign. As of today (January 7th, 1525 hours), we have raised $1,620 of our goal thanks to your donations!

As a way of saying thank you and hoping to share a little more about our project with you, we will be publishing some images of our project over the next few weeks. The reason we have refrained from posting any pictures from our project in the past was due to the proprietary nature of many of the systems on our vehicle (and the vehicle as a whole), but we are realizing more and more how important it is that we share a little more of what we are doing with our supporters. So without further ado, below we have posted 2 pictures of SHEILA-D (Submerged Hydrodynamically-propelled Explorer, Implementation: Los Angeles - Demonstrator).

SHEILA-D was our propulsion system demonstrator that we designed, built, and tested over a span of 36 days and 850 (by conservative estimates) man hours during Phase I of our project (which took place during our Machine Design lecture/lab combo in Spring 2014). The goal for SHEILA...

Read the rest and get the photo captions at http://teamuv.org/2015/01/07/9528/
or go to TeamUV.org and look for the post titled "Team UV Phase I Photos & Fundraising Update!" (Published 1/7/15 1630 hours)
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Last weekend Team UV presented some of our fluids research for our underwater vehicle at the 22nd annual Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) at the California State University, Fullerton. We enjoyed the opportunity to both get a look at some of the research students at other universities are conducting and to share some of what we have done, as well as to share our website (TeamUV.org), with students and faculty from other universities. We will also be looking into the possibility of bringing our research to more conferences in the future.

Photo Credit: Mr. Daniel Saletta (pictures); fullerton.edu (SCCUR logo)
Team UV at the 2014 SCCUR!
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Raised by 13 people in 58 months
Created November 8, 2014
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Andrea Dopico
55 months ago

Keep up the great work Brian! Very proud of you! Love you.

cynthie martin
55 months ago
Annette beale
56 months ago

Keep up the excellent work! You are all inspiring.

56 months ago (Offline Donation)
Ken and Sheri Molder
56 months ago

Your guys are doing some awesome stuff. Congratulations!

56 months ago
Ileana Shaw
56 months ago
Deidre Nissen
56 months ago

Merry Christmas Team UV!

Mark Dieny
57 months ago
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