WINNERS OF 2018 HUMANPOWERED SUBMARINE RACES ANNOUNCED
on 17 July 2018. The IMarEST’s European International Submarine Races 2018, held 3 -13 July at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin in Gosport, UK, have concluded.
“The fourth biennial eISR was a great success. Of the eighteen teams that began the competition in summer 2017, twelve made it through the qualifying round over the winter to secure a place on the starting line in the UK last week. Underwater innovation showed up in force as the teams of students from universities in Canada, the US, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands gathered to try their hand at the grueling engineering and sporting competition that is the European International Submarine Races. Modern met traditional as carbon-fibre and 3D-printed hulls took on wood planking and hand-laid fibreglass; novel biomimetic propulsors challenged high-efficiency propellers; and automated mechatronic control rivalled the traditional joystick. A lot of learning happened in among the fun the teams were having, both on and off the course. And of course there is nothing quite like a competition that ends in a new world speed record!
-William Megill, Race Director,- IMarEST.
Florida Atlantic University were returning after a six-year absence from the races and won second runner-up. Designed specifically for the slalom section of the eISR course, their submarine HPS Atlantic was easily the most maneuverable vessel in the field. Its directional thrust system, in which a flexible joint in the propeller shaft allowed the propeller to be pointed off-axis, removed the need for a drag-inducing rudder and allowed their experienced pilot to rip through the tight turns of the challenging slalom course and on to victory on the last day of the main competition. It also landed them the coveted BMT Award for Innovation.
“What better way to invest in the next generation of marine engineers and scientists than to give them an opportunity to show their stuff on the international stage. Student engineering competitions like this one foster engagement in the ocean engineering and science disciplines as a way to address the developing shortfall in maritime engineering and sciences. It’s a particularly effective way to attract students into these career fields.” -Mike Whalley, President of Babcock Canada.
“QinetiQ are delighted to host, for the fourth time, the human-powered submarine race. The development of engineering talent in the marine sector is something QinetiQ support through a variety of events. The human-powered submarine races are a real test of ingenuity and team skills that enables young engineers to develop novel ideas in a very unique working environment. The multi-national interest in this event is very encouraging as this also enables good networking opportunities throughout this specialist field within the worldwide maritime engineering community.” -Jon Bayliss, Head of Platform Design and Life Support, QinetiQ.
Participating university teams and submarines
• Technical University of Delft (NLD) – Wasub 8 • Polytechnique Montréal (CAN) – Archimede 6 • Florida Atlantic University (USA) – HPS Atlantic • University of Victoria (CAN) – Chinook • École de Technologie Supérieure (CAN) – Omer 11 • Technical University of Gdansk (POL) – Nautilus • University of Michigan (USA) – Bluefin • Rhine Waal University (DEU) – Rivershark • University of British Columbia (CAN) – Skookumchuk 4 • Texas A&M University (USA) – Hullabalooga • University of California San Diego (USA) – Vaquita • University of Washington (USA) – Knotty Dawg
“I am very proud of our HPS team,” said Stella Batalama, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “We have established a tradition of excellence in all of our club activities that prominently positions the college as an engineering and computer science powerhouse on the international stage.” The FAU COECS HPS team plans to compete in the 15th International Submarine Race, which will take place in June 2019 in Maryland.