Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication

Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication

Dr. Steven W. Moore, Harry Bohm, and Vickie Jensen



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Students, educators, and other aspiring inventors can dive into the world of subsea technology with this exciting resource. This book encourages bright, young minds to consider a career in the world of underwater robotics by providing all the information needed to design and build underwater vehicles.  


Chapters 1-3 provide an introduction to underwater vehicles (past and present day), the physical challenges of working under water and the considerations for designing and building underwater vehicles (particularly ROVs).

Chapters 4-11 are the "technical chapters" which provide an in-depth look at various subsystems in underwater vehicles.

Chapter 12 provides hands-on learning. It includes plans for a shallow-diving ROV and a discussion of more complex underwater vehicles.

This textbook is written for advanced high school classes or college and university entry-level courses. Each chapter begins with a true scenario that sets the stage for the ocean science, physics, math, electronics, and engineering concepts that follow. The final chapter features step-by-step plans for building SeaMATE, a basic shallow-diving ROV. There is also a "What's Next?" section that's full of ideas for modifications and more complex underwater projects.

The 850-page informative text is enhanced by hundreds of photos, illustrations, and diagrams of underwater vehicles. In addition, the textbook includes a discussion of subsea vehicle development, resource appendices, an extensive glossary, and a complex index.

Textual Aids and Information

All chapters include an outline, learning outcomes, and summary. Each chapter is introduced by a real-life scenario (called Stories From Real Life) that relates the basic theoretical information of that chapter to an actual subsea event.

There are over 500 photographs and illustrations throughout this book. The wealth of color photographs helps readers connect with actual examples of subsea robotics. The straight-forward illustrations are designed to expand and explain textual concepts.

  • Measurements are given in metric units, generally with imperial equivalents.
  • The emboldened terms in the text are defined in the glossary.
  • An index helps locate terms.
  • The appendices provide helpful tables of information, useful facts, equations, and suggestions for finding materials and resources.