Powered submersibles have enabled the exploration of lake and ocean depths, and are used extensively for inspection of drilling rigs and offshore pipelines. Their potential for the discovery of undersea mineral resources is widely acknowledged.

The design of such vehicles poses many problems not encountered with land-based systems: for example, normal pressures are very large, and many structural elements are extremely sensitive to initial geometric imperfections.

Following a review of the history and development of submersibles, each chapter concentrates on a specific geometric design. The bibliography is unusually complete, and includes summaries of many referenced publications.

This unique book covers all aspects of the structural mechanics, analysis and design of submersibles, and will be invaluable to ocean engineers, naval architects and graduate students entering the field.


For all ocean engineers, naval architects and graduate students in the field of powered submersibles.

Table of Contents

A Brief History of Submersibles. Representative deep submersibles developed since 1951. General Theory of Shells. Strain-displacement relations. Equilibrium relations. Internal strain energy. Buckling of thin elastic shells. Structural Behavior of Cylindrical Shells. Stress analysis of cylindrical shells. Buckling of smooth (unreinforced) cylindrical shells. Buckling of ring-reinforced cylindrical shells - axisymmetric. Structural Behavior of Conical Shells. Stress analysis of conical shells. Buckling of conical shells. Summary. Dynamically loaded conical shells. Structural Behavior of Spherical Shells. Stress analysis of spherical shells. Stress analysis of compound shells. Buckling of spherical shells. Buckling of shallow spherical shells. Buckling of deep and/or complete spherical shells. Buckling of stiffened and/or orthotrophic spherical shells. Other Shell and Plate Geometries. Spheroidal shells. Toroidal shells. Circular plates. Viewing windows. References. Bibliography. Author index. Subject index.


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