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EN478: Submarine & Submersible Design

Catalog Description

EN475 Submarine & Submersible Design (3-0-3).

The course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the conceptual phase of submarine design. Each student will have the opportunity to apply the concepts learned in class by completing a submarine concept design on a PC-based model. This feasibility study will provide an opportunity to explore new concepts and innovations.


R. Burcher, L. Rybill, Concepts in Submarine Design, Cambridge University Press, 1994.


  1. U. Gabler, Submarine Design, Casemate UK Ltd, 2011. (ISBN 3-7637-6202-7)
  2. S. Zimmerman, Submarine Technology for the 21st Century, Trafford Publishing, 2006. (ISBN 1-55212-330-8)


  1. Be familiar with historical submarine design progression and how operational requirements influence design.
  2. Understand the basic methods of concept design and the design process.
  3. Be able to evaluate submarine hydrostatics and stability.
  4. Be familiar with submarine arrangements and space/weight management.
  5. Be able to perform a basic structural analysis of simple submarine pressure hulls.
  6. Be familiar with modern submarine propulsion systems and powering.
  7. Be familiar with submarine manufacturing techniques and cost mitigating practices.
  8. Be familiar with submarine combat systems, weapons and silencing measures.


EN471 Ship Design I, NAOE Department

Class Topics

  1. Historical development, mission profiles, and factors influencing past design and requirements.
  2. Development of requirements into a concept meeting the constraints of submarine operations.
  3. Relationships of weight, buoyancy, volumes and hydrostatics.
  4. Managing weight and space.
  5. Submarine structures.
  6. Determination of the speed and power relationships.
  7. Development of the structural envelope that will resist the hydrostatic and hydrodynamic forces to be encountered by the submarine.
  8. Basics of submarine systems, layout and operations.
  9. Submarine combat systems and weapons.
  10. Dynamics and control.
  11. Cost and manufacturing considerations.
  12. Submarine safety and its influence on design.
  13. Overview of current design, advanced concepts, production, and market factors.
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