Saturday, June 25, 2005

The 8th International Submarine Races

The International Submarine Races are a 16-year-old engineering design competition and will be held at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock facility in Bethesda, Maryland, from June 27 to July 1, 2005.

Human Powered 2004 (Source: University of Washington Human Powered Submarine Program)

The 8th competition's major sponsors are NavSea Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock, General Dynamic Electric Boat Division and the Oceanic Engineering Society of IEEE.

According to the completion’s March 14 press release (pdf), there will be 25 boats competing from the following teams:

Everett Community College, WA
US Merchant Marine Academy
Sussex County Technical School, NJ
Virginia Tech
University of Maine
University of Maryland (2 subs)
Florida Atlantic University
University of Washington
Villanova University
Millersville University
University of Michigan
Ecole de Technologie Superiueure, Montreal
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Texas A&M University
University of Delft, Netherlands
University of California at San Diego
San Diego High School
Independents: Don Burton, Bruce Plazyk (2 subs)
Wheaton Submarine Works (2 subs)
Steve Barton, David Johnson

Test depth is 22 feet, which is essentially the depth of the 3200-foot-long David Taylor test tank at NavSea NSWC Carderock Bethesda, Maryland. The competition's rules (pdf) require the subs to be human powered, so no nukes allowed, nuclear submarines that is.

Question, which would battle short a human powered propulsion system yelling "torpedo in the water!" or "shark!"?


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