3711. A Century of Submarine Mass Properties

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Title3711. A Century of Submarine Mass Properties
Publication TypeConference Paper
Paper Number3711
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsTellet, David
Category Number13
Conference78th Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA
Conference LocationNorfolk, Virginia
PublisherSociety of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc.
Date Published05/2019

This paper takes a chronological look at submarine milestones during the last century and discusses how the evolution of submarine design affected mass properties engineering including weight control processes, management of mass properties, technical authority, and stability and buoyancy requirements. The paper discusses how the movement of submarine design from boats that can submerge to submarines designed for near constant submergence changed performance requirements including mass property limits. It discusses how the Cold War and nuclear power influenced submarine design and how this affected mass properties requirements and practices including deliberate margin depletion and reduction in service life margins. The paper includes some thoughts on future submarine designs and how those may affect mass property management practices.

Key Words13. Weight Engineering - Marine
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