Directional acoustic underwater thruster

Ziyu Wang, Xiaotun Qiu, Jie Zhu, Jon Oiler, Shih Jui Chen, Jing Shi, Eun Sok Kim, Hongyu Yu

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This study describes a tested prototype for a controllable directional underwater thruster with no moving parts. During operation, a high-intensity acoustic wave creates directional water jets and the device moves itself in the opposite direction. When the underwater thruster moves along a non-vertical angle, it can produce straight backward thrust of 2.3 mN and lateral thrust of 0.6 mN in parallel with the device surface, with a total thrust-to-weight ratio of 2:1. To enhance the acoustic streaming effect, a self-focusing acoustic transducer (SFAT) with air reflectors is used to focus the acoustic wave.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5895022
Pages (from-to)1114-1117
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Wang, Z., Qiu, X., Zhu, J., Oiler, J., Chen, S. J., Shi, J., Kim, E. S., & Yu, H. (2011). Directional acoustic underwater thruster. IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 58(6), 1114-1117. [5895022].