THE NEED FOR AN OPEN SYSTEMS APPROACH TO NAVAL SHIP HABITABILITY DESIGN

A military ship is a sociotechnical system. A keen awareness of enemy threats and technological developments in the design, operation, and maintenance of naval ships has allowed the U.S. Navy to maintain its technological supremacy at sea. On the other hand, a lack of awareness of changes in society and corresponding changes in the needs of ship personnel has resulted in existing shipboard personnel problems. This paper is directed at identifying those personnel problems attributable to shipboard habitability design, and offers a new approach to habitability design along with the evolution of the approach and its success to date. The paper illustrates that within existing naval architectural and funding constraints, ship designs can arrive at habitability systems that are responsive to the changing needs of ship personnel.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Annual Meeting of SNAME. Paper #6.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  USA  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Weiler, D J
    • Castle, J E
  • Publication Date: 1972-11-16

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00039336
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 10 1972 12:00AM