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ASNE Day 2016 - Technical Paper Session 3 : Thursday, March 3, 2016 0945-1100

Ship Structures


Author: Robert G. Keane, Jr., Timothy S. Mierzwicki, and Glen R. Grogan

Title: Designing out complexity early: A path to flexible warships


The Siemens Global Shipbuilding Executives Summit (GSES) in collaboration with the America Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has been working closely with the Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships for a number of years on a Flexible Warships Initiative (FWI). This paper summarizes the contributions of Team A, which was formed following GSES VI at ASNE Day 2015. It presents Team A proposals for identifying and/or developing work content analysis tools as well as design methods for addressing distributed systems during Design Space Exploration (DSE) in early stage ship concept design, and for performing DSE with these new design methods to more accurately evaluate design principles of flexible ships. Teaming with a highly experienced shipyard production executive, Team A identifies these principles for design of flexible ships. They emphasize that under-sizing the ship during concept design studies increases ship outfit density and adds unnecessary complexities to the design. The GSES recent study of foreign naval ships validates that early stage design decisions on properly sizing the ship are a major contributor to reducing complexities of designs leading to work content reductions in Detail Design and Construction (DD&C) and providing more flexible naval ships for future upgrades and modernizations. Team A also teamed with the SNAME Ship Design Committee (SDC) and its SD-8 Naval Ships Panel, which conducted a workshop to identify the need for early stage design measures of complexity and new DSE ship design methods including new ship costing tools that are more sensitive to these measures of complexity. Finally, Team A along with SDC/SD-8 propose solutions that will aid design engineers and decision-makers in designing out design complexities thus putting naval ship designs on a path to becoming flexible warships which are easier to build, operate, maintain and modernize throughout their full service-life.

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