This paper compares nuclear and non-nuclear submarines for various mission requirements. It covers non-nuclear AIP options- fuels and oxidants, heat engines and electrochemical systems. An AIP system is outlined to meet a particular mission requirement (1000-3000 nm radius to a coastal/enclosed sea patrol area). This draws on fuel cell and reformer programmes developed by the author's company. The paper concludes with a cost effectiveness assessment of representative submarines for alternative sets of mission requirements. The alternatives compared in terms of endurance, speed, payload, signatures and relative cost. The paper does not draw on any study funded by the UK Ministry of Defence. All data is from open literature or is estimated on a purely comparative basis.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • INEC 94, Conference on Cost Effective Maritime Defence; 31 Aug - 2 Sept; Plymouth, UK. Procs. Publ by Inst Marine Engrs, London, UK, ISBN 0-907206-59-X. Ppr 5, p 61 [10 p, 14 ref, 7 tab]
  • Authors:
    • Donaldson, A J
  • Publication Date: 1994


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00718581
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM