In modern warships, the electrical power and propulsion system is fundamental to the ultimate capability of the vessel. The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will utilise an advanced CODLOG (Combined Diesel Electric or Gas Turbine) propulsion topology, the integration of which poses a number of engineering challenges and risks. The general philosophy towards de-risking for Type 26 GCS is one of left shifting project risk, whereby risks are considered and mitigated at the earliest opportunity in the development lifecycle.
The electrical power generation and distribution system for Type 26 is considered to pose one of the largest integration risks within the Power & Propulsion (P&P) System. There are electrical power and propulsion integration risks in areas such as quality of power supply and performance in dynamic scenarios. Another key risk is the physical, functional and control integration aspects of the P&P system, with each piece of equipment needing to be integrated with the wider P&P system and the overarching Power Management System. This lecture will detail the various de-risking strategies that have been put in place to minimise P&P integration risk for Type 26, which involves the development and utilisation of computer based mathematical models and the construction of shore based marine system integration facilities.
About the speaker
David Capper MEng CEng MIET joined BAE systems in 2013 as a Graduate, and is currently the Engineering Manager for the Type 26 Electrical Integration Test Facility Project within the Marine Systems team. Prior to this, he spent several years within in-service support teams for various classes of warship within Portsmouth Naval Base. His background is in electrical and electronic engineering, having completed a Master’s degree with the University of Sheffield in 2012.
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