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MECH ENG 7077 - Submarine Naval Architecture Maritime Engineering

Career: Postgraduate Coursework
Units: 3
Term: 3910
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 40 hours a week - intensive mode
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Discovery Experience – Working: Yes
Pre-Requisite: MECH ENG 7042, MECH ENG 7046
Assumed Knowledge: MECH ENG 7042, MECH ENG 7046 or equivalent
Assessment: Assignments, exam

The course will enable students to have a deep understanding of submarine naval architecture from an overall perspective. The naval architect is a technical leader making engineering decisions in the design, manufacture and testing a submarine to ensure that the final product is seaworthy: fit for purpose, safe to operate and environmentally compliant. Students will understand the overall arrangements (3D CAD) of the submarine and how to ensure a design optimum at the whole-of-boat level: it means that all the imbricated systems work together and that the submarine is balanced (weight/buoyancy, electrical/thermal balances etc). This compels to have a holistic view, encompassing all the boat functionalities to be able to make educated decisions across domains and submarine systems led by separate experts. The course will focus on hydrodynamics and stability, structural design, but also energy propulsion systems and, always, safety considerations. As submarines are specific military assets, this course will also explore stealth (undetectability) with acoustic and electromagnetic signatures in details. Classification society rules will be explained in that specific context. As a consequence, this course will empower the student with an ability to comprehend the whole technical aspects that would be needed to prepare them for the highest levels of Engineering Authority for submarines. Students will learn how to use professional software such as Paramarine The course is based on worldwide leading submarine design houses' philosophies and as such, is unique not only in Australia but also at a world class level.

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
3910 Mon 18/03/2019 Sun 31/03/2019 Fri 10/05/2019 Fri 14/06/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
10569 LE01 30 11 29 Apr - 3 May Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 1pm Petroleum Engineering, G13, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 3 May Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1pm - 5pm Petroleum Engineering, G13, Teaching Room
Note: Attendance for all students enrolled in this course
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
10570 TU01 30 11 6 May - 10 May Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 3pm Petroleum Engineering, G13, Teaching Room
Note: Attendance for ENSTA BRETAGNE students only. DO NOT ATTEND this class if you are NOT participating in the dual ENSTA BRETAGNE program.