Challenges in submarine design
The complexity of submarines is the signature challenge of designing them. The fluid systems of modern submarines are integrated with nearly 3,000 valves and kilometers of pipeline. Additionally, there are many subsystems to consider such as cooling seawater, fuel cell, ballast, freeing and compensating, fuel oil, chilled water, weapon compensating, firefighting and others. The need for these many systems to work together flawlessly presents challenges in submarine design.
Leveraging submarine simulation early on in the design process
Utilizing simulation in the submarine design process can help engineers in a variety of ways, including helping them find the best solution for a fluid or piping system layout quickly. Submarine simulation and an accompanying SQL database can allow many engineers to work in tandem on a project, improving the efficiency of the design spiral.
Complexity of submarine systems
Finding ways to manage the complexity of submarine systems is incredibly important. The complex networks at play require designers to set the necessary boundary conditions and track data on standards for different diameters, materials, pump curves, pressure drops of valves, flaps, and filters.
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