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Trade-space exploration to support the early stage design of effective & affordable (fleets) of warships

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Applied Vehicle Technology

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Costing, Data visualization, Decisionsupport, Design process, Fleet design, Operational effectiveness models, Ship Synthesis Models, Simulations, Tradespace exploration, Warship design


The proposed research task group builds upon work in AVT-ET-132 and AVT-RTG-238 to tackle fleet level considerations and develop suitable data visualisation for concept exploration to support the early stage design of effective and affordable (fleets of) warships. In addition, it will also help exchange lessons learned in applications of the resulting processes and tools.


III. SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVE(S) AND EXPECTED ACHIEVEMENTS: This RTG will focus on the following objectives: 1. Developing / improving processes & tools to gain insight from large data-sets containing fleet design, ship design, cost and operational effectiveness data. Particular focus will be given to the ability to establish how and why requirements, solutions, effectiveness and cost interact, as well as why, on both ship and fleet level. 2. Gaining and sharing experiences in performing trade-space explorations for the design of effective and affordable (fleets of) warships via test-cases, demonstrations and real-life applications. 3. Support for continued national development of integrated approaches and tools for trade-space explorations by sharing lessons-learned and results (and tools, if deemed desirable). Realising these objectives will allow participating nations to nationally develop a state-of-the-art toolset to better explore the crucial trade-offs between operational effectiveness on both a ship and fleet level and affordability during the early stage design of (fleets of) warships.


The following topics will be addressed by the RTG: • Modelling of maritime warfare scenarios as well as the continued development / improvement of operational effectiveness models on both, a ship and fleet level, fleet and ship synthesis models and costing models. • Integration of operational effectiveness models with fleet and ship synthesis models, as well as with costing models. • Development / improvement of tools for exploring trade-offs between operational effectiveness and affordability on a ship and fleet level. • Post-processing and trade-space analysis of the output of ship synthesis models, cost models, and operational effectiveness models, for two main purposes. First, to gain insight as to how warship systems and associated technologies, ship performance, missions, tactics, threats and environment interact on a ship and fleet level. Second, to establish how this insight is to be used to support decision-making. Note, even though these topics remain the same as those of the preceding RTG, AVT-RTG-238, the focus will be predominantly on the last two topics to be covered. With respect to break-through achievements, it is expected to expand AVT-RTG-238’s achievements to a fleet-level, supported by improved data- visualization.

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