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Developing Bio-Inspired Buoyancy Control for Subsea Service AUVs

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Subsea Systems Institute, University of Houston, Rice University


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The U.S. Department of Treasury

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The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program


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Oil System Safety Research

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The intellectual merit of this research stems from exploring how catalytic conversion based around fuel cells and water electrolysers could be used for liquid-gas transformation. Fuel cells and water electrolysers are envisioned to be reversible volume-m


Stephanie Coates
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Fine distributed buoyancy control, which is not feasible with current thruster/ballast mechanisms, will enable adaptive maneuvering and forceful interaction with the environment in confined spaces similar to how marine swimmers do.

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