Hull Bug Cleans Ships
The US Office of Naval Research is developing a hull grooming robot named Hull Bug (Robotic Hull Bio-inspired Underwater Grooming.) Similar to a Roomba in its concept, it utilizes a biofilm detector and flourometer technology that knows the difference between clean and unclean surfaces. It then rids any ship longer than 45 feet of barnacles, oysters, algae and other marine life. They are hoping that the Hull will cut down the money spent on maintenance and extra fuel cost as organisms slow down the speed of the ship.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at September 3, 2009 9:10 AM