A team of students from Delft University of Technology, 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. UDT 2015 takes place at the Ahoy Convention Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 3 - 5 June.
The history of the WASUB team dates back to 2004, and this year marks its fifth submarine project. Following its debut at UDT, the team will compete in the International Submarine Races from 22-26 June.
Tom Zevenhoven, WASUB's Financial Manager, explained, "UDT is a great opportunity for us to show the WASUB project on a stage that attracts a global audience of undersea and technology experts. In addition to attracting new industrial partners we would also like to showcase our co-operation with our sponsors from the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) of the Dutch Ministry of Defence, which is also participating at UDT. This project is a clear demonstration of the ongoing development of underwater equipment. UDT provides a perfect platform to show this to (future) industrial partners".
WASUB students demonstrate latest submarine ahead of its debut at UDT exhibition
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 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.
Alex Soar, UDT Event Manager, said, "We are delighted that the WASUB team has chosen to debut this outstanding feat of engineering at UDT 2015. The project is fascinating, and an interesting collaboration between the undersea industry and its future recruits. UDT will provide an ideal platform to showcase the WASUB project and the capabilities of the next generation of subsea specialists".
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