NSWC engineers introduce new software for high-speed craft design

25 March 2013 (Last Updated March 25th, 2013 03:45)

Engineers from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock have introduced a new Standard G software, which will improve the design of high-speed craft.

Engineers from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock have introduced a new Standard G software, which will improve the design of high-speed craft.

Developed with support from the Office of Naval Research, the US Naval Academy and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the software enables the government, industry and academia to analyse the data collected during wave-impact testing on watercraft.

Combatant Craft Division research and development director Dr Timothy Coats said that the data consistency was critical to enhance the overall design of high-speed watercraft associated to seaworthiness, hull design loads, ruggedness and crew or passenger comfort and safety.

"Previously, the complex nature of collecting, processing and analysing data resulted in numbers generated by government, industry and academic researchers that were not comparable."

"Previously, the complex nature of collecting, processing and analysing data, as well as the subjectivity that existed at various stages of data processing, resulted in numbers generated by government, industry and academic researchers that were not comparable," Coats added.

"We are very pleased with the positive feedback we are receiving from academia, private industry, other navy laboratories, and our international partners."

Using a physics-based approach for analysis, Standard G has been designed to be compatible with a range of widely used industry software, which can help study other engineering features of small boats.

The software is also expected to provide more improvements in other technical areas such as computer simulation validation, wave-slam mitigation, and model-scale to full-scale comparative evaluations.

NSWC Carderock Detachment, Combatant Craft Division provides full-spectrum, full lifecycle engineering for combatant craft, boats, watercraft and associated hull, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems for the US Department of Defense (DoD).

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