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Some Aspects of Submarine Design-Shape of a Submarine

Some Aspects of Submarine Design-Shape of a Submarine

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A shape for a next generation submarine has been drawn based on a survey
of available knowledge. The reasons for each detailed portion of the shape are
explained. The aim of the design is to produce a submarine with minimum
practical resistance and with minimum water flow noise especially over the
forward passive sonar while still carrying out all its normal functions.
It is assumed the role of the submarine would be little different from the
current vessel but may be powered differently and carry different equipment.
The diameter of the hull has been increased while the length has been
decreased compared to the present vessel. It is estimated the comparative
resistance will be reduced by ten percent. The larger diameter will allow an
extra deck over a portion of the length of the vessel giving greater flexibility to
internal arrangements. All openings in the first five metres of the shape have
been moved elsewhere including the torpedo tubes and interceptor array, to
give the smoothest possible flow over the forward passive sensors.
The nose shape is derived from a NACA forebody with a 14.2 percent
thickness-length ratio and shows a favourable value of the minimum pressure
over its length. The question of achieving natural laminar flow over this short
length is discussed and found to be possible but is unproven.
A shape for a next generation submarine has been drawn based on a survey
of available knowledge. The reasons for each detailed portion of the shape are
explained. The aim of the design is to produce a submarine with minimum
practical resistance and with minimum water flow noise especially over the
forward passive sonar while still carrying out all its normal functions.
It is assumed the role of the submarine would be little different from the
current vessel but may be powered differently and carry different equipment.
The diameter of the hull has been increased while the length has been
decreased compared to the present vessel. It is estimated the comparative
resistance will be reduced by ten percent. The larger diameter will allow an
extra deck over a portion of the length of the vessel giving greater flexibility to
internal arrangements. All openings in the first five metres of the shape have
been moved elsewhere including the torpedo tubes and interceptor array, to
give the smoothest possible flow over the forward passive sensors.
The nose shape is derived from a NACA forebody with a 14.2 percent
thickness-length ratio and shows a favourable value of the minimum pressure
over its length. The question of achieving natural laminar flow over this short
length is discussed and found to be possible but is unproven.

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Some Aspects of Submarine DesignPart 2. Shape of a Submarine 2026
Prof. P. N. Joubert
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University of MelbourneDefence Science and Technology OrganisationDSTO–TR–1920ABSTRACT
A shape for a next generation submarine has been drawn based on a surveyof available knowledge. The reasons for each detailed portion of the shape areexplained. The aim of the design is to produce a submarine with minimumpractical resistance and with minimum water flow noise especially over theforward passive sonar while still carrying out all its normal functions.It is assumed the role of the submarine would be little different from thecurrent vessel but may be powered differently and carry different equipment.The diameter of the hull has been increased while the length has beendecreased compared to the present vessel. It is estimated the comparativeresistance will be reduced by ten percent. The larger diameter will allow anextra deck over a portion of the length of the vessel giving greater flexibility tointernal arrangements. All openings in the first five metres of the shape havebeen moved elsewhere including the torpedo tubes and interceptor array, togive the smoothest possible flow over the forward passive sensors.The nose shape is derived from a NACA forebody with a 14.2 percentthickness-length ratio and shows a favourable value of the minimum pressureover its length. The question of achieving natural laminar flow over this shortlength is discussed and found to be possible but is unproven.
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Published by Defence Science and Technology Organisation 506 Lorimer St,Fishermans Bend, Victoria 3207, Australia Telephone: (03) 9626 7000 Facsimile: (03) 9626 7999 
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Commonwealth of Australia 2006 AR No. 013-761December, 2006 
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Some Aspects of Submarine Design Part 2. Shape of aSubmarine 2026
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In about the year 2026, the present class of Australian submarines, the Collins class,will be approaching obsolescence. The machinery, the structure, communications, sensors,weaponry will need updating and replacing and the hull structure will have reached theend of its design life. This represents an opportunity to improve certain aspects of thedesign which is only possible with a new vessel.One of the most important aspects of submarine operation is to move as silently aspossible and to be able to detect others with passive sonar. Consequently this exercise indeveloping the shape of a new design has three aims, 1) to move as silently as possible withthe lowest practical resistance, thus giving a greater top speed and less fuel consumptionat transit speeds, 2) to give the best possible flow over the forward passive sonar and 3)a more flexible interior volume with more deck space. All this should be possible withoutin any way compromising all the other functions and operations.A shape is shown with the best practical ratio of length-to-diameter which gives theminimum resistance. The diameter has been increased while the length has been decreasedcompared to Collins. The increase in diameter allows an extra deck over portion of thelength of the vessel but should not increase the draft to a limit which would interferewith navigation in ports or when docking. It will add to the minimum depth for divedoperations where a mission justifies risking the submarine. It will also add to the minimumoperational depth of water which enables a submarine to duck under a ship. In order tomaintain the same diving depth as Collins, the frames need to stronger. This should beaccomplished by deeper webs.A mathematically derived nose shape has been drawn which maintains perfect symme-try over the first five meters from the nose. This shape should give the planned pressuredistribution and properly constructed to the finest tolerances, will probably give laminarflow in this region. The passive sonar would then have superior capabilities. The problemswith maintaining laminar flow are discussed and it does appear feasible. In the event theboundary layer is tripped to turbulence the result will still represent a vast improvementover the present nose shape and flow over the sonar.The construction of the pressure hull follows standard practice, with successive trun-cated cones forming part of the forebody and all the afterbody. A length of parallelmid-body joins the nose and tail. The casing is not formed until aft of station 5000 (5metres) and the distortion from circular is gradual thus preserving the symmetry of thenose ahead. The casing is blended into the circular hull smoothly without longitudinalvalleys. The torpedo tubes have been moved aft from a horizontal line across the nose totwo vertical lines on either side with the most forward part of the shutter at station 5000.The turtle back has been shaped in an attempt to minimise lateral pressure variation.Model testing is essential to confirm design changes and to establish measured valuesfor speed-power relationships. It is estimated for equal volumes the total resistance wouldbe reduced by ten percent compared to a shape like Collins.
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