A research group focused on the construction and design of underwater vehicles

A team looking for innovation in the construction of an underwater robotic vehicle.

Design

Design and build teleoperated / autonomous underwater robotic vehicles;

Modeling

Model, design and implement different linear and non-linear control techniques for attitude and navigation;

Intervention

Vehicles shall perform tasks of:
a. Inspection of submarine structures with ultrasonic sensing;
b. Water quality environmental monitoring with ultrasonic sensing;
c. Intervention in inhospitable or difficult environments in water, earth and air.

INTEREST AREAS

This area focuses on the mechanical design of the proposed ROV structure. The ROV must have the modularity characteristic, and may consist of the following modules:
1. Transport and gathering module;
2. Inspection and intervention module;
3. Traction module
The inspection and intervention module will have a biomimetic structure in order to compose the different types of sensors. Some sensors for navigation will be fixed in the vehicle structure.

The HROV control architecture will be designed for providing fast development of data acquisition systems, control and navigation systems, and state estimation. The vehicle control architecture will be modular in order to add or remove interface boards and sensors.

This area focuses on research in:
1. Scale the propellers and batteries to be used for power supply;
2. Search the sensors to be installed in the ROV; navigation sensors; cameras; ultrasonic sensors;
3. Search and size the Open Source computer and the operating system (Open Source);
4. Search and choose the data system in the aquatic environment;
5. Search and choose the vision system.
The electronic system will consist of a pressure vessel in which will be allocated the open source embedded computer with an open source operating system and some navigation sensors.

This area focuses on the design, simulation and implementation of control strategies. These control strategies will be designed using concepts of linear and non-linear control theory, so that the ROV performs and completes a given operation. The simple operations that the vehicle must perform are:
1. Pre-established trajectory crawling;
2. Navigation with trajectory tracking.
The control system depends on the navigation signals available for the calculation of the control effort, it should not be saturated.

Members of the Research Group

The members of the group work in undergraduate courses in Aerospace Engineering, Instrumentation, Automation and Robotics Engineering, and Production Engineering, as well as in the Graduate Programs in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Innovation Management at the Federal University of ABC.

André Fenili
Doutor em Engenharia Mecânica (DSc)

He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (1995), a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (1997) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of Campinas and Virginia Tech (2000). It has two post-docs in Brazil (INPE) and one in Germany (DLR - German Aerospace Center).

André Fenili
Doutor em Engenharia Mecânica (DSc)
Elvira Rafikova
Doutora em Engenharia Mecânica (DSc)

She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (2010), a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (2006), a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the Regional University of Northwest of Rio de Janeiro State Grande do Sul (2004). Works in: mobile robotics, optimal control, dynamic systems, mathematical modeling of biological systems.

Elvira Rafikova
Doutora em Engenharia Mecânica (DSc)
Juan Pablo Julca Ávila
Doutor em Engenharia Mecânica (DSc)

PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (2008). He is currently associate professor at the Aerospace Engineering group at UFABC (Federal University of ABC). He works in the areas of Ocean Structures of Oil Production, Fluid Mechanics and Computational Solids, Flow-induced Vibrations, Fluid-Structure Interaction, and Submarine Equipment.

Juan Pablo Julca Ávila
Doutor em Engenharia Mecânica (DSc)
Silvia Lenyra Meirelles Campos Titotto
Doutora em Arquitetura e Urbanismo

Architect and Urban Planner from the University of São Paulo (2005), Master (2008) and PhD (2013) in Design and Architecture from the University of São Paulo (2008) and PhD in Technological Innovation for the Built Environment at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) ( 2013). Currently, he teaches the Postgraduate Program in Engineering and Innovation Management and Adjunct Professor A of the Center for Engineering, Modeling and Applied Social Sciences at the Federal University of ABC.

Silvia Lenyra Meirelles Campos Titotto
Doutora em Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Camilo Cordeiro Pedra
Bacharel Ciência e Tecnologia na UFABC

Graduated in technical level in Industrial Automation by Etec Takashi Morita, undergraduate student in the Bachelor's degree in Science and Technology at the Federal University of ABC. He has experience in automation, robotics and instrumentation.

Camilo Cordeiro Pedra
Bacharel Ciência e Tecnologia na UFABC
Reginaldo Cardoso
Engenheiro em Controle e Automação, Mestrando em Engenharia Mecânica no PPG-MEC na UFABC

He holds a degree in Instrumentation, Automation and Robotics Engineering from the Federal University of ABC (2014).

Reginaldo Cardoso
Engenheiro em Controle e Automação, Mestrando em Engenharia Mecânica no PPG-MEC na UFABC
Robson Costa Santiago
Graduando em Ciência e Tecnologia na UFABC

Graduating in Instrumentation, Automation and Robotics Engineering by UFABC. Graduating in Information Engineering from UFABC. He has professional experience in electronic hardware design, routing and creation of PCI's via PCAD software, and creation of test cabinets / jigs via SolidWorks.

Robson Costa Santiago
Graduando em Ciência e Tecnologia na UFABC
Solange Damaceno
Tecnóloga em Processo de Produção, Mestranda em Engenharia Mecânica no PPG-MEC na UFABC

Has experience in the area of Production Engineering.

Solange Damaceno
Tecnóloga em Processo de Produção, Mestranda em Engenharia Mecânica no PPG-MEC na UFABC
João Vitor Miranda Santos
Graduando em Ciência e Tecnologia na UFABC

He holds a Technical Degree in Electrotechnology from the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Espírito Santo (2015). Completed only first semester in the graduation in Information Systems also by the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of the Holy Spirit (2016). Graduate in Science and Technology at the Federal University of ABC (2017).

João Vitor Miranda Santos
Graduando em Ciência e Tecnologia na UFABC

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Magno Enrique Mendoza Meza
Responsible Researcher

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WHERE ARE WE?

Universidade Federal do ABC
Campus Santo André
Avenida dos Estados, 5001,
Bloco A – Torre 1 – 7º Andar, Sala 744.

E-MAIL

magno.meza@ufabc.edu.br
andre.fenili@ufabc.edu.br
juan.avila@ufabc.edu.br
elvira.ufabc@gmail.com
silvia.titotto@ufabc.edu.br

Phone

+55 11 4996 8292