The bases for this selection were the professionalism of the subject matter, depth of treatment, the importance of the contribution with respect to its lasting technical value to the profession, individual effort which sets an example and serves as incentive for future Naval Engineering authors, clarity of composition, style, and manner of presentation.
Mr. Abbott's and Mr. Atchison's paper "Pneumatics - An Analysis for Auxiliary Power Use" which appeared in the April 1976 issue of the Naval Engineers Journal, is a major contribution to literature in the naval engineering field. It not only meets all the selection criteria established for this singular award, but in addition offers a potential alternate method for powering auxiliary equipment using pneumatics technology, particularly in high performance ships.
Considering the significant implications that the use of pneumatics technology in powering selective shipboard systems could have in lowering cost, weight, energy consumption and human resources reqUirements in future ship designs, the need for such technology transfer has never been greater. The authors have properly stated the importance and advantages of such technology transfer and have identified the risks in selecting suitable candidate shipboard systems that operate in an environment and with a maintenance philosophy substantially different from the typical aircraft and shore based pneumatic applications which have proven successful in industry over the past 25 years. Toward this end, the paper has made a valuable and innovative contribution in providing a sound framework for future expansion of the authors' recommendations concerning the type of trade-off analyses that must be made if the Navy designer is to transfer technology successfully from systems developments in other fields of industry to the design of new naval ships.
This contribution to the literature of the naval engineering profession by Messrs. Abbott and Atchison make them well qualified to receive the 1976 "Jimmie Hamilton" Award.