Notes on a Titan submarine

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T. Widdicombe (2019), JBIS, 72, pp.242-243

Refcode: 2019.72.242
Keywords: Titan Maria, Submarine, Cavitation, Comparative Hydrodynamics, Radioisotope Power

Titan has now long been known to possess lakes of liquid hydrocarbons, and submersibles have been proposed for their exploration. The hydrostatic and hydrodynamic properties of liquefied natural gas (LNG, a close approximation to the methane believed to comprise the bulk of these lakes) are briefly investigated, along with the phenomenon of cavitation therein. Suggestions are made for means of saving energy in propulsion and hull design in light of the limitations imposed by available power sources.

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