Automatic 3D Distribution System Generator

Period of Performance: 11/26/2013 - 05/26/2014

$80K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Anchor Technology Inc.
509 Twin Lakes Drive
Titusville, FL 32780
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Decisions made at concept design have profound impacts on total life cycle cost. The industry trend is to apply automated software tools during concept design so larger numbers of alternatives can be evaluated and optimal, feasible solutions identified. Current ship concept design software tools have many capabilities, but lack the ability to synthesize physical layouts for shipboard distribution systems. Without fully sized and located distribution system models, it is not possible to fully validate the feasibility of the concept design and accurately estimate cost, weight, survivability, and other performance parameters. The problem is acute for ship cooling distribution systems because integrated electrical power systems and high-energy defense/combat weapons systems planned for future ships will require nearly an order of magnitude more thermal management. Anchor Technology Inc. has developed innovative technology which solves this problem, automatically synthesizing and routing distribution networks. A major US and international ship design tool capability gap exists. This gap can be eliminated by creating software tools to automatically generate detailed 3D models of ship distribution systems during concept design. The new technology will reduce costs associated with concept, preliminary and detail ship design, as well as total lifecycle costs.