During gun or missile firings, naval ships are subjected to extremely high blast levels: over pressure, noise, temperatures, gas and debris. These weapons firing effects may have serious impacts on ship structure, personnel safety and operational capability. The US Navy's Structural Test Firing (STF) program exists to identify, quantify and correct problems associated with weapons blast. Results of the STFs are used to verify the adequacy of shipbuilding specifications and design, and to ensure that no safety hazards exist due to improper design, construction or installation. The tests also provide data to develop specifications for future ship design. STFs are required on the first ship in a class to ensure the ship can be operated safely during its own weapons fire. The USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51), which represents the Navy's newest class of combatants, completed STF in 1991. The STF results show that the ARLEIGH BURKE structure, equipment and systems are adequately designed to meet all the STF objectives.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Naval Engrs J, v 107 n 3, May 1995, p 19 [16 p, 16 ref, 5 tab, 12 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Frederick JW
    • Miller, R E
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00717081
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM