Neutrally Buoyant Tether Cables

Neutrally Buoyant Tether CablesUnderwater vehicles are normally tethered by an umbilical that supplies electrical power and fibre optics to transfer data. The umbilical tether also provides the physical link for launch and recovery of the vehicle, as well as the tracking and maneuverability of the vehicle. The performance of the vehicle can be impaired by the cable drag and weight of the tether which in turn can snag or foul the tether on ocean structures.

Neutrally Buoyant Tether Cables gain buoyancy with thermal rubber (TPR) sheath materials which are extremely flexible with good mechanical resistance. Expanded foam polyurethane (ExPU) gives extremely low specific gravity filling and jacket compounds. Thin wall insulated conductors also assist in reducing weight and diameter. Copper coated alloy conductors can also be used. We can offer prototype short length-ed to enable companies to trial run.

We offer custom designed cables to be suitable for the desired application. Together with our experience and the customers operational knowledge, we determine the necessary tests to be carried out on the cable, depending on the performance and criteria it has to meet.