Naval Surface Warfare Center/Carderock

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division- West Bethesda, MD

Only U.S. citizens will be considered for positions at this lab. No Dual Citizens will be considered for this facility.

The Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWCCD) is the Navy's center of excellence for ships and submarines and their systems. Work at Carderock encompasses the fields of hydrodynamics and hydromechanics, the science and technology of ship silencing and signature control, advanced electrical and mechanical systems, advanced metallic and nonmetallic materials, ship structural design and testing, ship survivability and vulnerability and shipboard environmental quality. NSWCCD employs scientists and engineers in broad disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering, naval architecture and much more. The Navy's problem areas in which we work are multidisciplinary and require a dynamic and innovative team approach.

 With unique laboratories and test facilities, large-scale land-based engineering test sites, and at-sea measurement facilities throughout the United States, Carderock has been at the forefront of technologies vital to the success of the Navy and the maritime industry for more than a century. The Division's primary locations are its headquarters in West Bethesda, Maryland and the Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NSWCCD is a major component of the Naval Sea Systems Command.

Facilities include the David Taylor Model Basin, the longest towing tank facility in the Americas, where hydrodynamic evaluations are conducted on surface ships, submarines, unmanned vehicle systems, and other naval and maritime platforms.  Other facilities include water tunnels for propeller R&D, other hydrodynamic flow facilities, wind tunnels, deep ocean pressure tanks, access to high-performance computers, modern materials science and testing laboratories, and environmental quality R&D laboratories.  Detailed information is in the following paragraphs and more can be found at

  • 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, engineered acoustic polymers, acoustical data analysis, wetted surface treatment for noise control, acoustic fields of submarine and surface vehicles, non-linear behavior in turbo machinery flow.
  • Vulnerability: 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: 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; advanced composite materials; fracture, fatigue, physical metallurgy; welding research; automated manufacturing processes; nondestructive evaluation (NDE); control of chaos, electrochemical power sources (batteries, fuel cells), ion-beam modification of materials, radiation dosimetry, magnetostrictive materials; smart materials, marine corrosion; fouling control; coatings and ship protection; high temperature ceramics; superconducting materials; fire safety and sea survival equipment, and life support technology.
  • Environmental Quality: Ship-related environmental quality, water treatment, graywater and oily waste systems, gaseous exhausts. Biotechnology R&D including: Modern genetic-mapping techniques applied to bacterial population in bioreactors; bioremediation, surface science for studying adhesion of biopolymers, antibody biopatterning, etc.
  • Ship Systems and Logistics: Integrated logistic support (ILS), and acquisition methodologies, forecasting, artificial intelligence and robotics, unmanned vehicles, advanced ship concepts, assessments and projection of technology. Computer modeling and simulation of ships and ship systems.
  • 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 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
  • Advanced Electronics Instrumentation: New and improved instrumentation for research and full scale applications, improved computational methods, advanced electronic devices, laser Doppler velocimeters, Laser Particle Imaging Velocimetry, fiber optic probes.
  • 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 propulsor, hydrodynamic flow measurements, and new control concepts.
  • Electromagnetic Signatures: Wave theory, optical and infrared measurements and theory, radar and infrared instrumentation, novel electromagnetic signature reduction materials, and image processing systems and techniques.

For information, contact: Rachel Luu  (301) 227-1166