MECH ENG 7077 - Submarine Naval Architecture Maritime Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7077
    Course Submarine Naval Architecture Maritime Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 40 hours a week - intensive mode
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MECH ENG 7042, MECH ENG 7046
    Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 7042, MECH ENG 7046 or equivalent
    Assessment Assignments, exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Eric Fusil

    Course Timetable

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


    it is a mix of weekly lectures (livestreamed and recorded but preferred face-to-face attendance if possible) and of tutorials.

    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,
    - The reverse engineering of an existing submarine from a naval architecture perspective with an industry specialized software,
    - various calculations on naval architecture specialized software for resistance and powering,
    - an open book exam.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Identify the key domains in which a submarine naval architect has to be involved for seaworthiness.
    2 Explain how hydrodynamics affect a submarine behaviour and how to control manoeuvrability.
    3 Describe the different hazards that are involved in the most frequent accidents for submarines.
    4 Summarize the submarine signatures and controls that impact stealth.
    5 Demonstrate how to design and balance a submarine from a naval architecture perspective (stability and resistance and powering calculation - energy/propulsion).
    6 Generate a mission profile for dynamic weight compensation (trim polygon).
    7 Assess the naval architecture characteristics of a submarine based on key parameters.
    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.

    1 – 2 – 3 – 6 - 7

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2 – 3 – 4 – 5 - 7

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1 – 2 – 4 – 6 - 7

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    2 – 4 – 6 - 7

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    2 – 3 – 5 – 6 -7

    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.

    2 – 6 - 7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Background reading and videos help the students project themselves into the world of submariners, mostly within Defence.

    Weekly lectures provide the students with background knowledge but also a forum in which they are engaged.
    Lecturers are proposing materials on which the students are asked about their analysis facing a specific engineering problem within the submarine context.
    These lectures feature video and graphics to best illustrate the challenge.

    An intensive part of the course is run mid-semester with Industry lecturers bringing their knowledge and personal stories.
    As a result of this, the course is a mix of theory (academic) and industry experience with real-life situations that the engineers had to face.

    Students have some formative quizzes leading them from the first principles in naval architecture and maritime engineering to design solutions and technologies.

    That knowledge is then used by the students on a number of activities:
    - The calculation of resistance and powering characteristics for a submarine hull, using spreadsheets and NAVCAD
    - Assessing stability and manoeuvering performances, using PARAMARINE
    - Optimizing a propeller to a submarine using PROPELEMENTS,
    - Creating a trim polygon for a submarine with a specific mission profile,
    - A reverse engineering of a submarine with industrial software using PARAMARINE,

    Seminars are organized with Industry.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The expected workload of 12 hours per week comprises:
    - Background reading,
    - Lecture attendance,
    - Tutorials / computer exercises,
    - Project,
    - Peer reviews

    Structured Learning: Contact sessions (In Semester) No. of sessions Duration
    Academic Lectures 21 1 21
    Tutorials 10 2 20
    Practicals     0
    Industry Lectures     0
    Assessment Tasks
    (In Semester)
    % Assessment Weighting

    No. of
    time (hours)
    Summative tutorials 20 2 5 10
    Summative tests 10 1 1 1
    Project design study 30 1 80 80
    Literature review       0
    Examination 40 1 3 3
    Portfolio       0
    Total Assessment Weighting % 100 94
    Non-Contact Study /
    Preparation (In Semester)
    No. of
    Study/Prep Time (hrs) Total
    Weekly reading / Other study  13 1 6.5
    Tutorial preparation     0
    Practical preparation     0
    Test preparation     0
    Exam preparation 1 7 7
    Other/s (please specify):     0
    Workload per semester (hrs) 148.5
    *Workload per week (hrs) 11.42
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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
    Assessment task Assessment type Assessment weighting % (Summative tasks must add up to 100%) Hurdle Requirement Course learning outcomes being assessed
    (Formative or Summative) (Yes or No)
    Exercise 1 S 10 No 1 2
    Exercise 2 S 10 No 6
    Quiz 1 F   No 2 3
    Quiz 2 F   No 3 4 
    Quiz 3 F   No 3 4 5 
    Quiz 4 S 10 No 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Project report S 30 No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Final Exam S 40 No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Assessment Detail
    1. Exercise 1 will address the calculation of resistance and powering for a submarine hull.
    2. Exercise 2 will ask the student to propose how to set a Submarine for the successful mission delivery in terms of tank conditions within a dynamic trim polygon.
    3. Quizzes 1 to 3 help the student understand the design options in various submarine systems worldwide.
    4. Quiz 4 is assessing the students knowledge acquisition
    5. The Project report synthetise the students work on the model of submarine using the Paramarine Software
    6. The presentation of that project is performed during a seminar.
    7. The final exam is assessing how well the students have assimilated knowledge and skills in submarine engineering understanding.

    No information currently available.

    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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