Date of Award

Spring 2007

Project Type


Program or Major

Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

M R Swift


A design for a 20-ton capacity buoy was developed to feed fish in up to four submerged cages at an exposed site south of the Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire. The buoy was designed to contain all the equipment necessary to accomplish the feed dispensing tasks as well as have the strength and stability to remain on location in a variety of sea states. New feed handling and distribution systems were developed and tested. To evaluate seakeeping response a Froude scaled physical model was constructed and tested at the Ocean Engineering wave/tow tank at the University of New Hampshire. Construction of the buoy in New Brunswick near the Bay of Fundy is nearing completion, and deployment is scheduled for the summer of 2007.