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T500 Thruster
T500 Thruster
T500 Thruster
T500 Thruster
T500 Thruster
T500 Thruster
T500 Thruster

T500 Thruster

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BlueRobotics
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$959.99
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When choosing a speed controller, we recommend the Basic ESC 500, which is designed for the high-power requirements of the T500 running at 24V. However, if you’re operating at 18V or less, you may also use the original Basic ESC without any reduction in performance.

Product Description

The T500 Thruster is our next-generation thruster with over three times as much thrust as the T200 Thruster. We designed it for high-power ROVs, surface vessels, and AUVs, as well as human-carrying applications like kayaks. It’s carefully designed to be rugged, powerful, and flexible in many applications.

The T500 is designed to achieve its maximum performance of 16.1 kgf (35.5 lb) of thrust at an operating voltage of 24V and power consumption of just over 1 kW. That said, it also operates well at 16V, the voltage of our BlueROV2 and lithium-ion battery. At 16V, it consumes a similar amount of power to the T200 Thruster, but is more efficient and generates 70% more thrust.

Patented Flooded Thruster Design

Like the T200, the T500 Thruster leverages our patented flooded thruster design, which is water-cooled, water-lubricated, and inherently pressure tolerant. It has an encapsulated stator and motor windings, a ruggedized and corrosion resistant magnet rotor, and high-performance plastic bearings. The body and propeller are made from impact resistant glass-filled polycarbonate plastic.

The T500 Thruster is a three-phase sensorless brushless motor and requires an electronic speed controller (ESC) for operation. We recommend the Basic ESC 500, which is designed for the high-power requirements of the T500 running at 24V, however, if you’re operating at 18V or less, you may also use the original Basic ESC without any reduction in performance.

Designed and Tested for Reliability

The T500 Thruster was designed with an emphasis on reliability and robustness in challenging applications.

The magnet rotor is significantly improved over that in the T200 Thruster. The rotor has rugged construction with high-performance N52 neodymium magnets, protected by a metal abrasion shield lining the inside of the rotor. This prevents the magnets from being damaged due to debris or sand in the thruster.

A new overlapping design between elements of the propeller, base, and tail cone minimize the chance of particulate, sand, or seaweed entering and jamming the thruster.

We validated the T500 through hundreds of hours of testing under extreme conditions. We pushed our test units through thousands of cycles, hot and cold temperatures, and extreme pressures.

Easy to Integrate

The T500 Thruster is intended to be integrated into a wide range of different applications with ease. The nozzle includes four M4 mounting screws and can be attached to ROV frames, boat hulls, or just about anything!

It comes with a 1.5 m (59 in) cable with a pre-installed WetLink Penetrator to make it easy to connect to a watertight enclosure or other housing. The penetrator has an M14 thread size and requires larger holes than we have on most of our watertight enclosure end caps. Several new end caps will be available soon to accommodate the M14 thread size.

Diving In

The T500 Thruster comes ready to use and includes both clockwise and counterclockwise propellers. In addition to the thruster, you need a speed controller like the Basic ESC 500, a power source like our battery, and a signal source, such as our Thruster Commander, an RC radio receiver, or a microcontroller like the Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

There is a wealth of available technical information, charts, code examples, and tutorials on the Technical Details and Guides sections of this page as well as support through Blue Robotics online forum community.

Contents

  • 1 x T500 Thruster with WetLink Penetrator pre-installed
  • 1 x Clockwise propeller (installed on thruster)
  • 1 x Counterclockwise propeller
  • 1 x Penetrator nut and O-ring

Technical Details

Specifications

Parameter Value
Performance¹
Full Throttle FWD/REV Thrust @ 24 V 16.1 / 10.5 kg f 35.5 / 23.2 lb f
Full Throttle FWD/REV Thrust @ 20 V 13.0 / 8.5 kg f 28.6 / 18.8 lb f
Full Throttle FWD/REV Thrust @ 16 V 9.3 / 6.2 kg f 20.4 / 13.8 lb f
Full Throttle FWD/REV Thrust @ 12 V 6.0 / 4.0 kg f 13.2 / 8.9 lb f
Depth Rating 300 m 984 ft
Operating Water Temperature (full power at 24 V) 2-27°C 36-81°F
Electrical¹
Operating Voltage 7-24 volts
Motor Kv (no load) 202 RPM/V
Full Throttle Current (Power) @ 24 V 43.5 Amps (1044 Watts)
Full Throttle RPM @ 24 V 3100 RPM
Full Throttle Current (Power) @ 20 V 34.0 Amps (681 Watts)
Full Throttle RPM @ 20 V 2740 RPM
Full Throttle Current (Power) @ 16 V 25.1 Amps (402 Watts)
Full Throttle RPM @ 16 V 2350 RPM
Full Throttle Current (Power) @ 12 V 16.9 Amps (202 Watts)
Full Throttle RPM @ 12 V 1900 RPM
Physical
Length 160 mm 6.30 in
Diameter 141 mm 5.55 in
Core Diameter 62 mm 2.43 in
Propeller Diameter 114.5 mm 4.5 in
Weight in Air (with 1.5m cable) 1157 g 2.55 lb
Weight in Water (with 1.5m cable) 730 g 1.61 lb
Mounting Hole Threads M4 x 0.7
Mounting Hole Spacing 25 mm 0.98 in
Cable
Overall Cable Length 1.5 m 59 in
Cable Length (Thruster to WLP) 1.37 m 54 in
Wire Length (WLP to end) 80 mm 3.1 in
Cable Diameter 9.0 mm 0.35 in
Conductor Gauge 12 AWG
Penetrator
Pre-installed WetLink Penetrator WLP-M14-9.5MM-HC
Penetrator Thread M14 x 1.5
Penetrator Thread Length 25 mm 1.0 in
Penetrator O-ring 1.5x15mm Buna-N 70A

¹ All thrust performance and electrical values are typical but may vary by about +/-5% between units. They are specified when using the Basic ESC 500. For more detailed performance specifications, including thrust, RPM, power, and efficiency at various throttle levels and supply voltages from 12–24 V, please see the performance charts below.

Performance Charts

Click on the legend to hide or show the data set for each voltage. All the raw data and notes on the testing procedure used to generate these charts can be downloaded here:

Raw Data (.xlsx)

Thrust at 12–24 V

 

Current Draw at 12–24 V


Efficiency at 12–24 V
Thrust and Power at 12–24 V

RPM at 12–24 V

2D Drawings

 

3D Models

T500-THRUSTER-R1-PUBLIC (.zip)

Guides

Quick Start

1. Connect motor wires to ESC and connect the ESC to power and a signal.

2. Send a signal and the thruster will start spinning. That’s it.

Important Notes

  • Always practice caution when you’re working with electricity in water.
  • Keep body parts away from the thruster inlet and outlet to avoid injury. Always practice caution with the spinning blades of the propeller.
  • Do not operate the thruster for more than 10 seconds outside of water (while dry). The bearings require water for lubrication and may be damaged if the thruster is operated for an extended period of time while dry.
  • Avoid sucking seaweed or other objects into the thruster to avoid damage.
  • Most threadlockers are not chemically compatible with polycarbonate and will damage the thrusters if used on any of the screws. Only use a threadlocker that is chemically compatible with polycarbonate on the mounting screws if necessary.
  • A clicking sound or noisy thruster is normal, especially when operated while dry. Most noise and vibration go away once the thruster is operated in water.

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