CONCEPTUAL STUDY OF ELECTRICAL POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS TO DEEP OCEAN INSTALLATIONS.
Final rept. Apr 67-Aug 67,
GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP GROTON CONN ELECTRIC BOAT DIV
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The study considered the technical feasibility and limits of transmitting electrical power to deep ocean installations and to provide comparisons of various power sources applicable to underwater power transmission systems. The most serious limitation associated with obtaining usable power at deep ocean depths is the present limitation of watertight cable connectors. There are mechanical and electrical problem areas associated with underwater electrical connectors and hull penetrations used to transmit power to submerged loads encapsulated in a pressure hull. Usable AC power - 30 KW to 3000 KW - can be supplied from surface-tendered power plants to deep ocean installations at depths from 600 ft to 20,000 ft within the present state-of-the-art and without technical limitation but neglecting connector limitations. Usable power of 30 to 1000 KW from shore-based power sources can be supplied to deep ocean installations from 600 ft to 20,000 ft and 3000 KW from 600 ft to 10,000 ft within the present state-of-the-art without technical limitations but neglecting connector limitations. For in situ power locations, the Reactor Power Plant Systems are the most cost effective for power ranges of 30 KW and larger. Within the present state-of-the-art in situ power plants can be deployed to supply 30 KW to 300 KW load requirements at depths from 600 ft to 20,000 ft. Load levels of 1000 KW and 3000 KW are currently depth limited to 2000 ft by hull and heat removal system technology. Author
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