The propagation of spillages is one of the biggest environmental problems after a ship disaster. Instead of cleaning the dirty areas the SUSY system will avoid the spillages by stabilizing vessels immediately after an accident. Additionally the same technology should be used to lift sunken vessels by spending less effort than today.
The main idea of the proposed project SuSy is to develop well known submarine rescue technology into systems to be used for merchant ships in emergency situation. The systems for submarines are based on satellite booster technology with liquid or solid fuel to blow water out of the ballast tanks in very short time to provide additional buoyancy to stop e.g. an uncontrolled diving process. This technology provides means to generate from a device of 0,5 m3 500 m3 within 15 seconds under atmospheric pressure.
The combination of this technology with air pressure systems and balloon technology to create a multi purpose modular system for ship rescue purposes is the target of the SuSY project.
Different application scenarios / concepts can be envisaged,
- preventive installation of rescue systems on ships with hazardous cargo
- equipment for coast guard and rescue squads to quickly stabilize capsized ships
- equipment for teams to lift sunken ships
The technical challenges where research is needed to develop the envisaged systems are
- developing a hydro-dynamical model for the different possible scenarios
- developing a thermo-dynamical model as basis for a controlled process under the different scenarios foreseen
- find the right material to cope with the pressure the temperature and the dynamic loads of a rescue scenario
- define a life-cycle cost model to assure the design of a low cost modular system
- simulate the different scenarios to provide input for the design optimisation
- develop fitting technologies for submarines to apply the SUSY system to sunken vessels
- test of the fitting technologies with available submarines (see partner HCMR)
- Develop and test the system based on liquid or solid fuel boosters combined with air pressure and new balloon textile technologies.
Finally SUSY will build a prototype to proof the concept in real sea test.