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Soil Mechanics Considerations in the Design of Deep Ocean Mining Equipment

  • John E. Halkyard
  • John T. Fuller
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 2)

Abstract

Deep ocean mining equipment must be designed to operate on the surficial layer of the sea bottom with a high degree of reliability, efficiency, and controllability. By modeling the nodule collector as an element of a dynamic system, the collector motions may be predicted and its effectiveness evaluated. Such a model depends heavily on accurate formulation of the soil forces acting on the collecting vehicle. The methodology for determining these forces is discussed, and recommendations for future research are presented.

Keywords

Vehicle Motion Manganese Nodule Vehicle Mobility Ocean Mining Adhesion Coefficient 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Halkyard
    • 1
  • John T. Fuller
    • 1
  1. 1.Kennecott Exploration, Inc.USA

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