UPGRADING MISSION CAPABILITY AND PERFORMANCE EFFECTIVENESS OF NAVAL SHIPS BY THE USE OF ACTIVE FIN STABILIZERS

This paper discusses the overall upgrading of the operational capabilities and mission effectiveness of U.S. Navy Surface Combatant Ships by the use of active fin roll stabilizaton systems: explains that active fin roll stabilizer systems are presently the best available means for achieving roll stabilization; discusses in general the improved operational capabilities and mission effectiveness benefits to be derived from surface ship roll stabilization; discusses the apparent reasons for active fin stabilizers not being installed in recent U.S. Navy ships by addressing (a) deficiencies in existing installations of fin stabilizer systems and how these deficiencies are being corrected in existing systems and can be avoided in future designs; and (b) inability to quantify all of the benefits of active fin stabilizers; summarizes, for one of the few shipboard operations that can presently be quantitatively assessed, performance improvement predictions for various sizes of surface combatant ships equipped with fin stabilizers; describes the impact associated with installing active fin stabilizer systems on a specific ship; and concludes that the installation of active fin stabilizers will significantly increase the mission capabilities of U.S. Navy ships and that immediate action should be taken to more consistently exploit the unique benefits of fin stabilizers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 14th Annual Technical Symposium.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of the Navy

    Association of Scientists and Engineers of NASSC
    Washington, DC  USA  20360
  • Authors:
    • Gatzoulis, J
    • Keane Jr, R G
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00167745
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association Scientists and Engineers of NASSC
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 2003 12:00AM