A team of students from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, will use this year’s Undersea Defence Technology exhibition (UDT) to present a revolutionary man-powered submarine. The craft has been designed by the group, known as WASUB, to break the world speed record for a single person propeller driven submarine. UDT 2015 takes placeat the Ahoy Convention Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 3 – 5 June.
The history of the WASUB team dates back to 2004, and this year marks its fifth submarine project. Following its debut at UDT, the team will compete in the International Submarine Races from 22-26 June.
Tom Zevenhoven, WASUB’s Financial Manager, explained, “UDT is a great opportunity for us to show the WASUB project on a stage that attracts a global audience of undersea and technology experts. In addition to attracting new industrial partners we would also like to showcase our co-operation with our sponsors from the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) of the Dutch Ministry of Defence, which is also participating at UDT. This project is a clear demonstration of the ongoing development of underwater equipment. UDT provides a perfect platform to show this to (future) industrial partners”.
The design and construction of the WASUB5 submarine is produced by five different design teams including: hydrodynamics (hull, propeller, fins), drive train, steering, sensoring and safety, and ergonomics.
The project is supported by several companies from the Dynamic Under-Keel Clearance sector, as well as the Dutch Ministry of Defence, which provide essential knowledge, components and funding. The programme also enables students to develop relationships and establish contacts with potential future employers.
Alex Soar, UDT Event Manager, said, “We are delighted that the WASUB team has chosen to debut this outstanding feat of engineering at UDT 2015. The project is fascinating, and an interesting collaboration between the undersea industry and its future recruits. UDT will provide an ideal platform to showcase the WASUB project and the capabilities of the next generation of subsea specialists”.
UDT 2015 will be the 28th edition. UDT is the only dedicated undersea defence technology conference and exhibition, bringing together naval procurement specialists, defence scientists and key technology providers for discussion, networking and the examination of new technology. The event, which is staged in Europe and Asia, covers the entire spectrum of undersea defence and security technology and the emphasis is very much on preparing for the future by identifying today the factors that are shaping the future of undersea security.
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The history of the WASUB team dates back to 2004, in which a design thesis exercise at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering was introduced about a human powered submarine. Due to its resounding success, the students decided that they wanted to compete in the International Submarine Races (ISR) 2005 in Maryland, USA. They won first prize and the next year WASUB2 was built. After stalling for a few years, the project was picked up in 2012/2013 by a group of students from maritime engineering and WASUB3 came second at the ISR in 2013. Last year WASUB4 competed in the European International Submarine Race and this year the WASUB5 will compete in the International Submarine Races of 2015.