Student Paper Competition
Please join us at MIT for a buffet dinner and student paper presentations.
DATE: Thursday, 27 February 2014
5 - 8 PM
Maclaurin Building, Bush Room 10-105
You must pre-register HERE.
Early-bird pricing ends Tuesday, 18 February. Registration ends Monday 23 February. As always, the meeting is FREE to anyone who becomes a member at the meeting.
Cash prizes will be awarded:
$400 Best Graduate Paper
$400 Best Undergraduate Paper
$200 Runner-Up Graduate Paper
$200 Runner-Up Undergraduate Paper
If you are interested in judging papers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
The following papers will be presented:
Project Title: MOBILE LANDING PLATFORM TO LCS HEAVY LIFT TENDER CONVERSION
Authors: LT Jeff White, LT Matt Williams, LT Ryan Zachar (MIT)
Abstract: This study evaluated the first ship of the Mobile Landing Platform-class, the USNS Montford Point (MLP-1), for conversion in order to service the anticipated large fleet of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in forward deployed locations. The new LCS Tender (AL-1) will provide a floating dry dock capable of lifting the Freedom and Independence-class LCS as well as a barge to serve as an Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) for up to four ships at a time. The study included three major components; analysis of the current MLP-1 ability to lift the Freedom-class LCS and required modifications, determining the size and weight of the maintenance barge, and increasing the length and strength of the mission deck to accommodate both ship and barge.
Project Title: T-AKE HA/DR VARIANT
Authors: LT Kerry Bosche, LT Ian Campbell, LT Ungtae Lee, LT Vanea Pharr (MIT)
Abstract: The objective of this study was to design a variant of the Lewis and Clark class T-AKE that is capable of providing increased short term humanitarian and recovery assistance to areas affected by natural disasters as a secondary mission. Specifically, the ship would be capable of generating and distributing electrical power, generating, storing, and distributing potable water and providing onboard medical care. Since fleet underway replenishment (UNREP) is to remain the converted platform's primary mission, the ship's requirements and decision framework accounted for tradeoffs between humanitarian assistance/ disaster relief (HA/DR) and UNREP capability. The study also considered the effects on the ship's internal arrangements and stability as a result of the conversion.
Project Title: LSD TO SOF SUPPORT CONVERSION
Authors: LT Brandy Dixon, LT Kathleen McCoy, LT Matt Strother (MIT)
Abstract: This project selected a class of ships that is scheduled to begin decommissioning in the near future, and to develop a design to convert one of ships into a dedicated SOF support platform. The design team selected the Whidbey Island Class LSD for conversion. Various options were evaluated for increasing the Whidbey Island's ability to support manned and unmanned helicopter operations, and for converting the well deck to make it more suitable for small craft used by Special Forces. Finally, the team modeled the feasibility of the selected conversion options and evaluated the cost and schedule of the conversion.
Project Title: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIN SHIP THEORY AT ESTIMATING THE RESISTANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF TRIMARAN VESSELS
Author: Benjamin C. Russell (Maine Maritime Academy)
Abstract: Thin ship theory can be traced back to J.H. Michell, who in 1898 published "The wave resistance of a ship." In this paper Michell derived a formula that provided the wave resistance of a vessel traveling on the surface of an inviscid fluid of infinite depth, with an input of solely the vessel hull geometry. Based on Michell's work, a Matlab code has been developed to determine a trimaran vessel's far-field wave spectrum, wave resistance, and interference between hulls. This paper compares the results from the developed code to published trimaran model test data at various Froude numbers and side hull positions. Thin ship theory has been criticized for its lack of accuracy, and its results are often disregarded. However, there are certain applications where it correctly predicts the trends for a vessel's wave resistance, and in those applications it is a useful design tool. An objective of this research is to validate the use of thin ship theory on slender trimaran vessels, as well as to supplement existing design tools used in the conceptual design phase of such vessels.
Project Title: DESIGN OF ARCTIC LAW ENFORCEMENT VESSEL
Authors: 1/c Eric Bonomi, 1/c Stephen Cresswell, 1/c Devin Fellman and 1/c Carol Yin (USCGA)
Abstract: The US Coast Guard, in conjunction with the US Navy and the National Science Foundation, has a renewed interest in recapitalizing the US Ice Breaker fleet. To support the USCG Arctic Strategy, a team of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering students designed icebreaking vessels to support this policy. This team designed an arctic law enforcement vessel with a mission focus on law enforcement, rescue and assistance and escort capabilities with advanced weapons capabilities.
Project Title: DESIGN OF A PANAMAX CONTAINER SHIP
Authors: 1/c Michael Caballero, 1/c David Carrier, 1/c John Hamel, and 1/c Lena Ludewig (USCGA)
Abstract: A team of students from the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering major designed a vessel service to transport the maximum number of containers for operations on a fixed route between the Port of Shanghai and the Port of New York/New Jersey capable of transiting through the widened Panama Canal. The ship was designed to use a liquefied natural gas for the ship's propulsion system. The designs were required to meet all International Conventions and the US Code of Federal Regulations so that they could receive a Coast Guard certificate of Inspection.