The project is about providing a fictive client with a flexible vehicle they can use for most bio-marine research missions. Their first mission is to record the effects which the Offshore Anholt Wind Farm turbines have effected the seaweed “Purple Siphon Weed“.
The plug-in is a large scale flexibility concept. Aiming to not have to make a new one entirely for the next mission, the shell and ribs are re-useable (bolted) and the interior is easy to exchange (clamps and bolts).
The vehicle provides the pod with a stable work and ride environment. They are simply hydraulics which are counter-acting the waves through a stabilization system mounted on it’s belly. The engines are electrical and runs on two marine proof lithium-ion battery packs. There is one in each pontoon. The spill from the engines, which is about 3 percent, is used to heat up the pod.
As you can see on the axo, there rooms are zoned after dry level and comfort level. This project demanded a DR-rapport (Design Realisation) which challenged us students to detail the entire project as well as figuring out every step within manufacturing.
A journey by the CAT + POD 01 as experienced by a research team collecting sea weed.
Short section, showing the two front rooms and the suspended diving cage. Modelling, 2D edit as well as line thickness: Rhino
Most final models displayed, nylon prints of movable hydraulic legs and foam 1:1 facade model. CAT+POD01 mounting by a wind mill. Close up of sketch model. Modell building: Rhino + ABB small robot + Ultimaker + manually adding sealents and sanding
A handful of early sketches.