CONCEPT EXPLORATION--AN APPROACH TO SMALL WARSHIP DESIGN

This paper describes a versatile tool for the designer of small warships (1,000-6,000 tons), intended for use in the initial stages of the design process. Known as a "concept exploration model", it provides an alternative approach to the usual immediate reliance on a "basis ship" and enables the designer to explore a wider range of concepts. To calculate performance and other design characteristics from an assumed set of ship dimensions, a simple algorithm has been developed using data derived from a number of successful small warships. This has been programmed for a computer in such a way that a wide range of assumed dimensions can be searched by systematic variation of six input parameters (DESCRIBE mode). Most of the solutions will lead to satisfactory ship designs. A system of constraints is applied in the SEARCH mode to reject impractical solutions at an early stage in the calculations, thus reducing the output to reasonable proportions.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at Spring Meeting, London, April 7, 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Royal Institution of Naval Architects, England

    10 Upper Belgrave Street
    London SW1X 8BQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Eames, M C
    • Drummond, T G
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194213
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM