MECH ENG 7042 - Introduction to Submarine Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

Introduction to submarine design gives the student an understanding of the basic principles of submarine design in a complex modern multi-platform system. The course gives a general introduction to the operational requirements for submarines and what architecture and technologies can deliver the capability. Areas covered are the submarine design and development process and all its phases: the different design philosophies from all countries since WWII, the platform and combat systems, pressure hull design considerations, but also how to balance a submarine design (eg weight and buoyancy relations, overall submarine performance,). How to ensure sea worthiness for submarines: fit for purpose, safe to operate and environmentally compliant. Students will deliver a submarine concept design project using the software Paramarine.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7042
    Course Introduction to Submarine Design
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 40 hours per week - intensive mode
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge It is assumed that students have a general technical knowledge obtained by a Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent and some relevant work experience. This course is aimed at students from all technical backgrounds (systems, engineering mechanical,
    Restrictions Available to Master of Marine Engineering students only
    Assessment Project, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Eric Fusil


    it is a mix of weekly lectures (livestream and recorded but preferred face-to-face attendance if possible) and of an intensive period of 3 days (plus one day prior which aggregates the face-to-face previous parts).

    Depending on your time zone (Canada/USA - Europe), there will be specific timeslots to catch-up live with the course coordinator.

    - formative assignments ( not counting towards final grade): there will be several formative quizzes for students to check their learning
    - summative assessments:
            - a Quiz,
            - a Report to introduce a submarine class,
            - A report on a submarine accident,
            - a Project with:
                  - a concept of operation (CONOPS) for a new submarine (with tutored sessions to support its development),
                  - a presentation of the Conops in a seminar,
            - an open book exam.

    There will be a timeslot at the end of the semester to present the students' submarine concept of operations.

    The conops will be used for MECH ENG7046 if the student is pursuing a subsequent semester.

    Assignments are spread out over the semester with a drumbeat of one every two weeks in conjunction with MECH ENG7046.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Identify submarines and design philosophies worldwide.
    2 Explain the systems engineering approach in the context of submarines and their systems.
    3 Summarize the various balances to reach in order to prepare seaworthiness demonstration - feasibility.
    4 Apply the design process to carry out the first part of a feasibility phase on a concept submarine project.
    5 Compare and calculate top-level performances on submarines for resistance and energy/propulsion.
    6 Evaluate the fitness for purpose and safety of submarine systems.
    7 Develop a set of requirements for a submarine to ultimately safely design a concept.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

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    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

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    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

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    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

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    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    All lectures are recorded LIVE.

    Depending on your time zone (Canada/USA - Europe), there will be specific timeslots to catch-up live with the course coordinator.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    - formative assignments ( not counting towards final grade): there will be weekly quizzes for students to check their learning
    - summative assessments:
    - Quiz,
    - report to introduce a submarine class
    - a Project with:
    - a concept of operation for a new submarine (with tutored session to support its development),
    - a presentation of same Conops in a seminar
    - an open book exam.

    There will be a timeslot at the end of the semester to present the students' submarine concept of operation during a seminar - either online or face-to-face.

    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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