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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Introduction to Submarine Electrical Systems

Next course will run March/April 2021

Key Information

Short course
2 weeks


The UCL Submarine Electrical Systems Course will enable  Marine Engineers to appreciation the range of equipment needed in a submarine’s electrical system and understand how to size and specify key equipment including:

  • Understand the means of electrical generation and storage on board submarines
  • How Air independent systems are integration into a submarine, electrical output
  • Be able to undertake key calculations for steady-state, transient and faulted analysis
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the electrical design team including compliance
  • Be able to undertake a concept electrical system design and be capable of adding core details.

During the course the students undertake a detailed design of an electrical system working in Groups. Which they will present to their pears and UCL staff on the final day of the course.


The course is open to all nationalities whether sponsored by government, commercial company or as private individuals. The course is conducted in English and overseas students would be expected to have a good working knowledge of this language.


Students should have an engineering degree or equivalent. Maths should include knowledge of calculus (integration and differentiation), differential equations, polar and rectangular coordinates, complex numbers, Fourier Series and iterative methods.  Electrical knowledge should include ability to calculate equivalence in parallel and series circuits containing capacitance, inductance and resistance, Kirchhoff’s Laws, Faraday’s Law, Ampere’s Law, dc circuit analysis and ac circuit analysis including power. (NB: Students not having this knowledge will be required to undertake some self-learning before the course commences).

Method of delivery:

The course will consist of classroom lectures given by academic staff and visiting lecturers, tutorials run by specialised post-doctoral staff, seminars including computer based laboratory and industrial visit. Each topic will be a blend of mixed learning activities including (1) Listening – lecture based approach (2) Doing – problem solving (3) Contributing – sharing of views in open discussion.

Course content

Submarine Types and Loads Submarine Electrical systems Electrical Generators
Energy Storage Systems Submarine Loads Distribution Systems
Air Independent Power Supplies Electrical Load Chart Protection Systems
Electrical Line Diagram Protection Systems Control and Management
Protection Systems Concept Designs Regulation/Classification
Technology Advances    

Contact for this programme

For further information please contact:

Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Office

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University College London,
Torrington Place,
London WC1E 7JE

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