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May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

TRITON TIDBITS FROM CAMPUS AND BEYOND

January 2005
Off the Deep End

 
     

It’s The Hunt for Red October, UCSD style! Last summer, a team of undergraduates from the Jacobs School of Engineering competed against six other universities and one high school from across the U.S. and Canada in the 2004 Human Powered Submarine Contest.

A product of meticulous engineering and pure whimsy, UCSD’s neon green, propeller-driven 120-pound submarine raced to a first place finish in its category at the Offshore Model Basin in Escondido. The one-person, pedal-powered submarine “Inviscid” (meaning “frictionless flow”) clocked in at a whopping 6.035 miles per hour. UCSD also won second place in operation and third place in the submarine manufacture and safety consciousness categories. “We’ve tried to keep our submarine simple and robust,” says John McCague ’05, captain and mechanical engineering major.

The contest, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, requires participants to be diver-certified and submarines to be completely made from scratch. Each team must also raise its own funds to design and construct their model. And obviously our own intrepid Triton submariners rose to the occasion ... or should we say sank for the occasion?

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