Students: Teal Phelps, Ben Hoover

Faculty Advisor or Community Project Lead: Matthew Kupilik, Todd Petersen


There are many different uses for submarines. A few of these include:
– Underwater detection
– Security
– Search and rescue
– Air crash investigation

We tested proportional control using the submarine’s ballast control system (getting the system to sink to a specific depth with a resolution of 10cm) that was built last semester by a previous engineering senior design team. Using a Arduino microcontroller, the system was automated to respond to a set target depth. The submarine was submerged in a tank 1 meter deep and wires were tethered from the submarine to an outside power source. Using an LED for verification, the pumps and solenoid valve turned off and on, depending on fi it hit the target depth or not.



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