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Monitoring Systems

Tao Systems is heavily involved in developing real-time monitoring systems related to marine hydrodynamic and structural response. For several clients, we develop underwater monitoring systems through advanced signal processing and integration of various sensors. Developing monitoring systems requires the unique engineering skill of compressing, in real-time, enormous amounts of data from various sensors into a compact display of information easily and quickly understood by the client.

As an example, for the US Navy, Tao Systems has developed an underwater flow diagnostics system which includes specialized algorithms for real-time analysis of data from numerous hot-film sensors from a specially coated Senflex® sheet to obtain, in real-time, locations of critical points and regions of interest to a hydrodynamics design engineer. The algorithms within the flow diagnostics system are used for other advanced air data sensors such as the Low Airspeed Sensor (LAS), air flow vector sensor, and angle of attack sensor.

Hydrodynamic Flow Diagnostics with Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Northrup-Grumman and Tao Systems

Advancing the flow diagnostics system one more level, we also develop higher-order algorithms for real-time monitoring of hydrodynamic and structural loads. The system involves the use of Senflex® sensors and strain gages, and several layers of algorithms to obtain in real-time hydrodynamics loads for an underwater blade. Adding another layer to this system would enable even more real-time monitoring systems such as:

  • real-time hydroelasticity monitoring system
  • real-time cavitation monitoring system

Tao Systems has the signal processing skills and sensor development expertise to assist in creating more advanced monitoring systems for various aspects of an underwater vehicle, whether it's an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), submarine or boat.

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