Accession Number:

ADD020172

Title:

Inlet Free Torpedo Launch System

Descriptive Note:

Patent application, Filed 2 Apr 2004

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-04-02

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

A launcher for torpedoes and underwater vehicles includes an inlet recess in fluid communication with a shutterway recess. A primary shutterway is provided both for ejection of the vehicle and for supplying fluid intake to the launcher. A pump circulates fluid from the inlet recess to the shutterway recess, and a launch tube houses a vehicle such as a weapon, within the launcher prior to launch thereof. A slide valve and impulse tank combination are positioned intermediate the pump and the launch tube, such that the slide valve controls a flow of fluid to the launch tube. A guide can is positioned at the shutterway recess for guiding the vehicle from the launch tube to an exterior of the launcher, and fluid within the launcher is continually moderated to enable selective launch of the vehicle with a fluid force. 10 figures

Subject Categories:

  • Submarine Engineering
  • Torpedoes
  • Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE