Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research & Sabbatical Leave Program
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock Division

US Citizens and Permanent Residents (PR). If PR, there are additional restrictions on allowed activities.

Facilities include deep water basins, water tunnels, rotating arm, maneuvering and seakeeping basins, anechoic wind tunnel, deep ocean pressure tanks, access to CRAY and other state of the art computers, hydrofoil and air cushion vehicle test units, subsonic wind tunnels. Other facilities include Naval materials research and testing, Naval structures research and testing shipboard environmental quality systems, and advanced electrical and mechanical test systems.

Acoustic Ship Silencing:

Acoustic silencing of submarines and surface ships, reduction of sonar self-noise and target strength, sound and vibration, acoustical characteristics of structural materials, hydrodynamic noise suppression, acoustical data analysis, wetted surface treatment for noise control, acoustic fields of submarine and surface vehicles, non-linear behavior in turbo machinery flow.


Ship vulnerability, survivability and protection, weapons effects, damage control, combat readiness of naval vehicles and their weapons, fire fighting sub systems.

Survivability, Structures and Materials:

Structure and Materials: Structures, materials, and fabrication techniques for submarine and surface vehicles with emphasis on advanced structural concepts, numerical methods, probabilistic based design/analysis methods, structural analysis, seaway loads prediction; metals and alloys, high strength steels; spray metal fabrication; Functional materials, Advanced composite materials; fracture fatigue, physical metallurgy; welding research; automated manufacturing processes; nondestructive evaluation (NDE); shipboard environmental quality and biotechnology, control of chaos, electrochemical power sources, radiation dosimetry, magnetostrictive materials; marine corrosion; fouling control; coatings and ship protection; water treatment, gray water and oily waste systems, gaseous exhausts; high-temperature ceramics; superconducting materials and materials for advanced power sources; marine tribology, surface wear; fire safety and sea survival equipment, and life support technology.

Ship Machinery Systems:

Propulsion, power and auxiliary machinery systems for surface ships, submarine auxiliary machinery, energy conservation, environmental engineering, alternate energy sources (other than nuclear), condition based maintenance technology, simulation and modeling of machinery, and information technology. Solid state power conditioning and reconfigurable power; fiber optics sensors and communications; deep ocean technology; machinery acoustic and magnetic silencing; non-linear flow and acoustics in turbo machines.

Ship Systems and Logistics:

Total ship-system engineering, Integrated logistics support (ILS), and acquisition methodologies, micro-analysis, forecasting, artificial intelligence and robotics, advanced ship concepts, assessments and projection of technology.

Ship Hydromechanics:

Resistance of ships and submarines, hydrodynamic flow characteristics around ship hulls and appendages, propeller design, ship stability and seakeeping, prediction of hydrodynamic loads.

Advanced Electronics Instrumentation:

New and improved instrumentation for research and full-scale applications, improved computational methods, advanced electronic devices, Laser Doppler Velocimetry, fiber optic probes, and particle imaging velocimetry.

Submarine Maneuvering:

Stability, control, and maneuvering characteristics, mathematical models for simulation of the motions, recovery from control surface casualties, hydrodynamic forces and moments developed on the hull, appendages, and propulsion, hydrodynamic flow measurements, and new control concepts.

Electromagnetic Signatures:

Wave and scattering theory, optics, radar and infrared instrumentation signal and image processing systems and techniques.