The modern naval steam power plant is defined. Steam plant types that should reasonably be expected to be attractive contenders in the propulsion of tomorrow's surface combatants and naval auxiliaries are briefly described. The control problem is stated by presentation of all those important variables, in a modern prototype, that must be monitored and regulated. Various levels of automation that have been implemented in current designs are briefly discussed. The manning problem, as related to the impact of the automation level on complement reduction, is explored. Specifically, manning needs in the effectively controlled steam plant are examined under conditions of underway cruising, inport auxiliary steaming, inport cold iron and general quarters. Utilizing the previously defined modern steam prototype, the author develops the outline of a machinery control and monitoring solution applicable to such a plant. The balance of the paper describes and enumerates the precise functional control and operational constraints that should reasonably be expected of the control systems for this plant and formulates the machinery monitoring and automatic recording philosophy for all parameters supervised. The paper finally examines the outstanding advantages of utilizing moderm digital computer central processor technology to attain this high level of automatic centralized control and monitoring of the plant.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 201-210
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 5

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  • Accession Number: 00141161
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: North-Holland Publishing Company
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM