This paper presents an optimized design of research-oriented ASVs and a systematic
design evaluation methodology for reliable in-water sensing.
The objective is to minimize the interference on sensor readings by any ASV maneuver.
The design space includes motors and sensors locations.
In addition, this paper analyzes modularity -- i.e., the effects of new sensor's installation.
All prototype designs are thoroughly tested using hydrostatic analyses,
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, and real-world field testings.
Quantitative metrics, including trim, pitch, velocity magnitude of flow, and turbulence,
are used to compare different configurations.
Our experiments show that a motor configuration at the back part of the straights
hulls is the most optimal design, resulting in high-quality data collection.
Here is a video I have presented at OCEANS2020.