Submarine gets 3M treatment

A human-powered submarine being built by students at the University of Warwick has had its chances in a global contest boosted thanks to 3M.

The science-based technology company is sponsoring the team of engineering undergraduate finalists ahead of the International Submarine Races (ISR), which will be held in the US this month.

The WarwickSub team has tasked 3M with boosting HPS-Godiva 3’s chances in the competition and making it the best-looking contender.

The submarine’s 2.8-metre-long hull spent two weeks at 3M’s state-of-the-art Automotive Refinish Centre (ARC) in Atherstone, Warwickshire, in May.

3M engineering technician Clive Cooch and 3M applications engineer James Cavalot dedicated their full attention to the submarine during its stay, working on the project full-time using a host of 3M solutions.

James said: ‘3M’s experts are always looking for the next challenge, so when the WarwickSub team approached us with this unusual and exciting project we couldn’t wait to get involved. We love putting our expertise, skills and products to the test.’

‘What’s more, the WarwickSub team have come up with some really innovative solutions of their own, so we hope our input will help them to blow the competition out of the water.’

Michael Andronicou, WarwickSub business development manager, added, ‘Thanks to 3M, Godiva 3 is definitely going to be the best-looking submarine on the grid, and we’re confident we’ll be a strong contender in the competition, too.’