European Human Powered Submarine Races
by Clare Anderson
The return of the biennial European International Submarine Races to the UK earlier this
month saw the skills and talents of the next generation of engineers were put to the test. James Fisher Defence (JFD) was pleased to team up with industry partners to sponsor the week-long event in which teams of students from universities across the world raced their human powered submarines around an underwater slalom course in Europe’s biggest undercover freshwater tank. Teams from ten universities across 3 continents took up this unique engineering challenge to design, build and pilot their own submarine designs, using only human pedal power for propulsion.
Each team demonstrated outstanding engineering skills and innovation, in particular Omer 9 from École de Technologies Supérieure Montreal, Canada, who picked up the top competition prize for the second time. Omer 9 also scooped the James Fisher Defence Award for Agility and Endurance, completing not only the fastest course lap time over two laps without picking up a single fault, but also the greatest speed between two timed gates, achieving a speed of 7.1 knots. The judges of the agility award pay particular attention to manoeuvrability as well as minimising the impact of pilot fatigue on the operation of the submarine vehicle, which the Omer 9 team were able to demonstrate effectively with their submersible. Ben Sharples, Director, James Fisher Defence, said: ‘This unique challenge provides the perfect opportunity for the industry to engage with students from across the world who posses the skills, experience and enthusiasm essential to the development of advanced sub-sea engineering and operations. With a firm focus on design, innovation and safety, the event allows active engagement between the industry today and the engineers of tomorrow…Of course, it’s a
Source:: Naval Forces magazine (Naval)