Man powered submarine

DUT Students Present New Man-Powered Submarine

A team of students from Delft University of Technology (DUT), the 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.


The history of the Wasub team dates back to 2004, and this year marks its fifth submarine project. Following its debut at UDT, which takes place at the Ahoy Convention Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 3 to 5 June, the team will compete in the International Submarine Races from 22-26 June. At the UDT, Wasub hopes to attract new 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 Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) of 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.

Picture: Wasub students demonstrate latest submarine ahead of its debut at UDT exhibition.


Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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