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USS Albacore
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Water Transportation Era: 1950-1959 DateCreated: 1953 Submarine Memorial Association Portsmouth State: NH Zip: Country: USA Website:, Creator: David Taylor Model Basin, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

The USS Albacore (AGSS-569) represented a radical change in submarine design. The hull was designed with underwater speed as the prime requirement, and it was built with newly developed high-strength steel (HY-80). In addition to these two major innovations, the Albacore served as a test vessel for many new designs in submarine technology so that they could be refined before implementing them into the fleet. Among them was the testing of various control designs and correlation of actual sea-trial performance with that predicted in tow-tank tests.  

Image Credit: Image Caption: USS Albacore Era_date_from: 1953
Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Research and Development Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1949 Applied Research Laboratory State College State: PA Zip: 16801 Country: USA Website: Creator: U.S. Navy

The Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel is a unique experimental facility for hydrodynamic research and testing. The 48-inch (1.2-meter) diameter water tunnel enables the research staff to conduct basic and applied investigations in the fields of cavitation, hydroacoustics, turbulence, transition, hydrodynamic drag, and hydraulic and subsonic turbomachinery. Instrumentation and testing methods have been developed to study noise, vibration, vehicle dynamics, and the interaction between the propulsor and vehicle body.

Image Credit: Courtesy WikiCommons/CyberXRef (CC BY-SA 3.0) Image Caption: Entrance to the Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel Era_date_from: 1949
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