Magnetic Treatment Facility for Submarines

Did you know that a Dowty led consortium won a £50m contract to build a UK Magnetic Treatment Facility for Submarines?

Submarines constructed of steel, have permanent magnetic fields surrounding the vessel; hence simple induction coils in both older mines and magnetometers in modern mines are equipped to detect these fields.

Techniques exist to reduce the permanent magnetism of vessels through “Deperming” by passing large currents through coils temporarily rigged over the exterior of the vessel while in dock.

Apparently, this project was not successful, as the current was to strong and the boat would have had to run its engines at quite a high level just to stay in the cradle.

So project was cancelled!

 

USS Submarine "Jimmy Carter" undergoing "deperming" at a USA Facility
UK Magnetic Treatment Facility for Submarines
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
UK Magnetic Treatment Facility for Submarines
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Submarine Anti-Sonar
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

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  • Higher than originally specified water current was the reason for cancellation but running the boat engines was never a possibility. The excessive water current would have imposed increased mooring loads on the floating structure which the planned structure could not survive. An estimate of a suitably strong alternative structure was double the contract cost.

    By Geoff Webb (13/11/2020)

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