Modern warships have become highly complex and are full of densely packed systems and equipment which must be integrated into the overall ship design. The electrical main supply and distribution system must be designed so that it is capable of providing continuity of power, at a defined quality, to all services under various operational conditions, including action damage. The author discusses the considerations involved in the design of systems for generation, distribution, and control of the main supply system to ensure continuity of supply. Methods for determining the connected loads, to enable the generator to be selected at an early stage in the design, are discussed. The power supply and distribution arrangements are identifed, together with protection of the systems and quality of the power supply. Other dependent electrical systems are also mentioned. The author mentions the factors that make warships different from commercial vessels, in particular environmental and operational conditions, and suggests methods that could be adopted to improve the reliability and operation of electrical power and distribution systems. Some additional information, with special reference to cables and the electrical design of the Type 23 frigate, is provided in a Supplement.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Trans. I. Mar. E. (TM), 95 <1983>, p.2 <Paper 43, read 28 Mar. 1983> (10 pp., 7 ref., 12 fig., 3 tab. and Discussion: 18 pp., 2 fig.)
  • Authors:
    • SCOTT, A J
  • Publication Date: 1983


  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00685655
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM