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1. US20180297677 - Charging system for autonomous underwater vehicle

Office
United States of America
Application Number 15766758
Application Date 28.09.2016
Publication Number 20180297677
Publication Date 18.10.2018
Grant Number 10759508
Grant Date 01.09.2020
Publication Kind B2
IPC
B63G 8/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
GOFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE ARRANGEMENTS ON VESSELS; MINE-LAYING; MINE-SWEEPING; SUBMARINES; AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
8Underwater vessels, e.g. submarines
H02J 50/00
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
50Circuit arrangements or systems for wireless supply or distribution of electric power
H02J 7/00
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
7Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
B63C 11/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
CLAUNCHING, HAULING-OUT, OR DRY-DOCKING OF VESSELS; LIFE-SAVING IN WATER; EQUIPMENT FOR DWELLING OR WORKING UNDER WATER; MEANS FOR SALVAGING OR SEARCHING FOR UNDERWATER OBJECTS
11Equipment for dwelling or working under water; Means for searching for underwater objects
H02J 50/90
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
50Circuit arrangements or systems for wireless supply or distribution of electric power
90involving detection or optimisation of position, e.g. alignment
H02J 50/10
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
50Circuit arrangements or systems for wireless supply or distribution of electric power
10using inductive coupling
CPC
B63C 11/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
CLAUNCHING, HAULING-OUT, OR DRY-DOCKING OF VESSELS; LIFE-SAVING IN WATER; EQUIPMENT FOR DWELLING OR WORKING UNDER WATER; MEANS FOR SALVAGING OR SEARCHING FOR UNDERWATER OBJECTS
11Equipment for dwelling or working underwater; Means for searching for underwater objects
B63G 8/001
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
GOFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE ARRANGEMENTS ON VESSELS; MINE-LAYING; MINE-SWEEPING; SUBMARINES; AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
8Underwater vessels, e.g. submarines; ; Equipment specially adapted therefor
001Underwater vessels adapted for special purposes, e.g. unmanned underwater vessels; Equipment specially adapted therefor, e.g. docking stations
B63G 8/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
GOFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE ARRANGEMENTS ON VESSELS; MINE-LAYING; MINE-SWEEPING; SUBMARINES; AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
8Underwater vessels, e.g. submarines; ; Equipment specially adapted therefor
H02J 7/00
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
7Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
H02J 7/025
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
7Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
02for charging batteries from ac mains by converters
022characterised by the type of converter
025using non-contact coupling, e.g. inductive, capacitive
H02J 50/00
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
50Circuit arrangements or systems for wireless supply or distribution of electric power
Applicants KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
Inventors Hiroshi Sakaue
Minehiko Mukaida
Noriyuki Okaya
Takashi Okada
Fumitaka Tachinami
Agents Oliff PLC
Priority Data 2015198607 06.10.2015 JP
Title
(EN) Charging system for autonomous underwater vehicle
Abstract
(EN)

A charging system for an autonomous underwater vehicle includes: a sea floating body; a charging station suspended in water from the body through a string-shaped body and located downstream of the sea floating body by receiving a water flow, the station including a noncontact electricity supplying portion located away from the string-shaped body; and an autonomous underwater vehicle coupled to the station that is rotatable about the string-shaped body, the vehicle including a noncontact electricity receiving portion configured to receive electricity supplied from the supplying portion, wherein: the station takes by the water flow such a posture that the noncontact electricity supplying portion is located downstream of the string-shaped body in a water flow direction; and when the vehicle is coupled to the station, the vehicle takes by the water flow such a posture that the receiving portion is located downstream of the string-shaped body in the water flow direction.