While man has traveled over the waves for millennia, it has only been in modern times that we have gotten the chance to explore underneath the surface. While the hobbyist inventors designed the earliest submarines in the 1500s, the subs of the 20th century have been technologically sophisticated machines developed by engineers and built in massive shipyards.
World War I Submarines
World War II Submarines
Cold War Submarines
Further Submarine Developments
Submarines are continuing to develop as more technology is being put on board. The Russians and the Chinese have both worked to develop the idea of supercavitation, used in a supersonic torpedo developed during the Cold War, with the idea of adapting it to the entire submarine for high-speed travel. The Russians have also developed the state-of-the-art Varshavyanka-class, a stealth submarine using diesel-electric propulsion. The Japanese have pushed it even further with the introduction of a lithium-ion battery propulsion system expected to be in their next generation of submarines. Where nuclear power was previously thought to be the future of submarines, the electric and the diesel-electric are undergoing a massive resurgence.
Submarine Support at PCTI
At PCTI, we support the current generation of submarines that are patrolling the waters of the world with leading-edge advanced design topologies for battery chargers/dischargers in power ratings up to 2MW. Our innovative chargers, inverters, and DC power supplies can be found supporting submarines from a variety of nations, such as the Walrus Class submarines built by the Dutch, German Type 209 attack submarines, and our own boats in the U.S. Navy. Of course, this is only one application from NASA to General Dynamics, to BAE Systems, our power conversion equipment is part of innovative applications worldwide.
Power Conversion Technologies, Inc. is a certified DBE woman-owned business. PCTI designs and manufactures leading edge power electronic equipment in the highest power ranges. PCTI’s engineering staff has in-depth knowledge in the key areas of power conversion such as power semiconductor analysis and application, thermal exchange, magnetic design, packaging, DSP(digital signal processor) control for inverters, frequency converters, DC power supplies, battery chargers and dischargers. Contact us for more information on our products, applications assistance, or pricing.