posted on Oct, 3 2009 @ 09:29 AM
I am not very impressed with these photos of this Russian Submarine.
It is immediately obvious as to the techniques of noise quieting incorporated here. Mostly the lack thereof.
Also the swimming pool is a very dumb idea. It looks good initially. But to keep a swimming pool like this in operation means large quantities of
fresh water from a distillate system. On a nuclear submarine fresh water is at a premium for hotel services and or reactor feed water. It is also this
way on large nuclear aircraft carriers. Unless this pool is configured for salt water. This would also mean extra equipment to support the pool
features...electricity, pumps et al. Space is at a premium on every submarine. Much better to use the space for food or storage of critical spares. A
swimming pool would also add to the potential for unnecessary noise and re ballasting/trim. Such a feature while good press ...would be secured most
of the time.
Those are photos of a reactor?? Wow!! Ok..if you say so.
What is missing from the photos are specifics of the engine rooms. I can understand this as this would be classified. So too would be the reactor
configuration as part of the propulsion chain.
A whole lot of hard mounted equipment in these photos as well. I can see why they would need alot of tile technology on the hull. This is also not a
fast running submarine.
Interesting photo of the missile hatch with the number 19 on it. My first instinct is to look for the locking or safety devices by which the hatch is
gagged or safety pinned into the open position. Thus people can safely enter the hatch area to work on this system without being crushed to death if
the hatch should close or be closed accidentally.
Go down in the photos to about photo 21. You see a piece of pipe with another stainless steel pipe coming out of the side of it. Notice that the
fasteners/bolts are not rusted. This means some kind of stainless or nickle fasteners. Notice also the large pipe out of which this smaller pipe
originates. Notice how it appears to be manufactured out of square sections fitted or welded/seamed together. This is how ventilation systems are
often fitted together. Notice also that up to the point it goes down into the bottom of the picture the construction appears to be somewhat light or
not heavy duty. Suddenly there are large heavy duty bolts and nuts at a flange. This indicates that this is the location of a heavy duty valve.
Notice also that the nuts have significant locking tabs bent down onto the pipe flange and also on the other side..to the sides of the nuts. This is
how important fasteners are prevented from backing out or loosening on important critical systems.
Notice also behind this green painted stainless pipe..the curved surface. This appears to be part of an elliptical bulkhead indicating that this may
be the pressure hull. All of what you see in this photo is in a free flood area....under sea water pressure.
If you look on the floor ...you see some grey blocks. These appear to be zinc anodes for obvious reasons.
What is also telling is the smaller pipe running vertical in the photo. There is a support hanger running from the left to right and attached to this
stainless pipe. This hanger is in very poor condition and it is not good practice to mix two types of metal as such without significant paint or
corrosion treatment. You can see the hanger rubber or whatever material they use to surround the pipe. Not a lot of it used here.
If you have seen a significant number of piping runs on boats like this ...the piping runs here are significant and telling.
These boats will not be going anywhere soon....not without a significant capital investment. I don't think drug smugglers are interested in a set up
like this. To much work involved to keep them going or just to get underway. Drug smugglers lack the discipline to run systems like this. This is why
they are in more instant gratification careers...like drugs. Running something like this would take a lot of postponed gratification/discipline to
keep and maintain. Not the bailiwick of drug people.