Assuring Submarine Manoeuvring and Control Safety


Technical Meeting Series sponsored in 2017 by the Tasmanian Divisions of RINA and IMarEST

Start Date

28th Sep 2017 5:30pm


AMC Auditorium, Newnham campus, Launceston

RSVP / Contact Information

E.; T. 6324 9847

Presented by

Mr Paul Crossland 

Team Leader, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Submarine Propulsion 
QinetiQ Ltd, UK


The submarines of today are generally described as one of the most complex system engineering design problems, particularly in the context of the changes in submarine operations since the end of the Cold War; changes that involve concepts and doctrine now targeting towards supporting national interests in regional crises and conflicts around the world. The modern submarine is an important component in joint operations and is capable of conducting covert operations in areas far from the port of origin. One aspect of submarines that has not changed is that safety is imperative; service in submarines has always been regarded as potentially hazardous but exacting standards in training and submarine design/maintenance have reduced the occurrence of operator error induced accidents and catastrophic component failures. The requirement to manage the safety of a submarine platform whilst at sea necessitates a number of key factors to be understood; one of those factors is the ability to understand the manoeuvring and control behaviour of the submarine throughout the design process. This capability should be able to safely explore the safe operating boundaries of the submarine during the early design phases, to ensure unsuitable designs are not taken through to build, and to ultimately provide safety guidance for at sea operations. Moreover, to ensure safe operation requires an ensemble of capabilities that include theoretical tools, physical model tests and full scale trials.

This presentation describes QinetiQ’s approach to providing the evidence for assuring submarine safety that has been developed over many years of testing to provide support to the UK Ministry of Defence in developing design guidance and evaluation toolsets for the benefit across the design process.

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