TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN AIRCRAFT CARRIER DESIGN

Since the signing of the Contract Design Plans for the CVN 68 (the U.S. Navy's latest Class of Aircraft Carries) in 1963, considerable technological advances have been made in Naval Ship Design. This paper provides specific examples of how new technology has affected traditional Carrier design practices and techniques, and also indicates areas where future advanced technology will be needed. It is divided into four sections: (1) Computer Design Application; (2) Total Ship Energy Conservation Analysis; (3) Advances in Structural Design; and (4) Impact of V/STOL Aircraft. The increased use of the computer to define ship characteristics in the initial stage of ship design is discussed, followed by a report on efforts to include energy conservation as an integral part of the design process. The energy conservation approach uses traditional analytical techniques to develop innovative design configurations that will achieve energy savings. Of the many advances in Carrier structural design, two specific examples are given: (1) Elimination of the infamous "knee-knockers" (high sills in passageway openings) common to Gallery Deck structure, and (2) Successful attempts at reducing the thickness of aircraft elevator platforms. The paper concludes by pointing out some possible challenges facing the ship designer and some of the technology already created by expected introduction of advanced design Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL) aircraft.

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    American Society of Naval Engineers

    Suite 507, 1012 14th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Authors:
    • Rein, R J
    • Ryan, J C
  • Publication Date: 1980-10

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 71-85
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  • Accession Number: 00323317
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM