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Submarine Hydrodynamics


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Martin Renilson
    Pages 1-3
  3. Martin Renilson
    Pages 5-17
  4. Martin Renilson
    Pages 19-91
  5. Martin Renilson
    Pages 93-109
  6. Martin Renilson
    Pages 111-129
  7. Martin Renilson
    Pages 131-145
  8. Martin Renilson
    Pages 147-150

About this book


This book adopts a practical approach and presents recent research together with applications in real submarine design and operation. Topics covered include hydrostatics, manoeuvring, resistance and propulsion of submarines. The author briefly reviews basic concepts in ship hydrodynamics and goes on to show how they are applied to submarines, including a look at the use of physical model experiments.

The issues associated with manoeuvring in both the horizontal and vertical planes are explained, and readers will discover suggested criteria for stability, along with rudder and hydroplane effectiveness. The book includes a section on appendage design which includes information on sail design, different arrangements of bow planes and alternative stern configurations. Other themes explored in this book include hydro-acoustic performance, the components of resistance and the effect of hull shape.

Readers will value the author’s applied experience as well as the empirical expressions that are presented for use at the preliminary design stage. A wide range of state-of-the-art material is included, and there are over fifty references to recent publications in the field.

Intended for advanced students and professionals working in the specialised field of submarine hydrodynamics, this book brings theoretical and practical knowledge together in one comprehensive work that is particularly valuable to the submarine hydrodynamicist.


Submarine Appendage Design Submarine Control Surfaces Submarine Hydrodynamics Submarine Manoeuvring and Control Submarine Propulsion Submarine Resistance Submersible Control

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.TASLauncestonAustralia

About the authors

RENILSON, MARTIN (Prof) has been working in the field of Ship Hydrodynamics for over 35 years.  He established the Ship Hydrodynamics Centre at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in 1983, and was Director of the Australian Maritime Engineering Cooperative Research Centre in 1992.  He started the Department of Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering at AMC in 1996, which he ran until 2001 when he was appointed Technical Manager, Maritime Platforms & Equipment for DERA/QinetiQ in the UK.  In 2007 Professor Renilson returned to Australia and set up his own company, conducting maritime related consulting.  He also held a part time chair in hydrodynamics at AMC, now an institute of the University of Tasmania.  In 2012 he was appointed inaugural Dean of Maritime Programs at the Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates, to start maritime education for the country.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in Hydrodynamics at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Submarine Hydrodynamics
  • Authors Martin Renilson
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-16183-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-16184-6
  • Series ISSN 2191-530X
  • Series E-ISSN 2191-5318
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 150
  • Number of Illustrations 75 b/w illustrations, 49 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Engineering Fluid Dynamics
    Fluid- and Aerodynamics
    Control and Systems Theory
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“The book is authoritative, comprehensive, clearly written and well referenced and illustrated. A great deal of useful and up-to-date information is presented in a slim volume. It is recommended to all those involved with submarines and, in particular, to those concerned with their hydrodynamic performance. Students will find it invaluable but more experienced workers will also find it a useful reference.” (Eric C. Tupper, Warship Technology, July-August, 2015)

“The book covers all the main components of submarine hydrodynamics … . The book is clearly written and comprehensive, with a lot of relevant information packed within its pages. … this is a very useful book and it is recommended to all those involved in the design and operation of submarines and underwater vehicles, including undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and practising professionals.” (A. F. Molland, Underwater Technology, Vol. 33 (2), 2015)