Naval Surface Warfare Center Gets Wavemaking Upgrade

MarineLink.com
Friday, August 23, 2013
Photo: Naval Surface Warfare Center

By Nicholas Malay, NSWCCD Public Affairs

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) completed major renovations of the Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) facility, Aug. 16.


For more than one hundred years, the Navy has built and conducted extensive testing on physical prototypes of ships called scale models before building the real ship in full scale. In 1962, Carderock built the MASK in order to test the scale model performance of ships, platforms and moored systems in realistic sea conditions. The 360-foot long and 240 foot-wide facility holds approximately 12 million gallons of water and is used to evaluate the maneuverability, stability and control of scale models.

“By simulating the ocean’s most extreme conditions in this facility, we can test scale models up to 30 feet in length in order to predict the full-scale performance of ships in the open ocean,” said NSWCCD Hydromechanics Facilities Engineering and Operations Division Head, Joseph Moeller. “We are very excited to begin exploring the facility’s new capabilities and integrating them with our existing test equipment,”

During the six-year upgrade, NSWCCD replaced the original pneumatic wavemaking system in the MASK with 216 individually-controlled electro-mechanical waveboards that significantly enhances the capability to create a precise wave environment.

“This new finger-style technology provides the Navy with an unprecedented capability to create a realistic ocean environment inside of the facility, which enables us to collect more precise test data,” said NSWCCD Naval Architecture and Engineering Department Head, Jon Etxegoien. “This upgrade, along with the size of the facility, makes the MASK the most advanced test facility of its kind in the world.”

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division, part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Enterprise, leads the Navy in hull, mechanical and electrical engineering. Headquartered in West Bethesda, Md., NSWC Carderock employs approximately 3,600 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel and includes the Ship Systems Engineering Station located in Philadelphia as well as detachments in Norfolk, Va., Cape Canaveral, Fla., Andros Island, Bahamas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., Bangor, Wash., Ketchikan, Alaska and Bayview, Idaho.
 

  • Photo: Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Photo: Naval Surface Warfare Center

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

GAC Starts Green Hull Cleaning Operations in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free

Fukushima Experimental Offshore Floating Wind Farm Project Update

A consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United,

Marine Renewable Energy Testing Facility in Singapore Mooted

ClassNK has launched of a feasibility study for a new marine renewable energy testing facility to be built in Singapore. The announcement was made at the 2014

Navy

Keel Laid, Fabrication Started on 2 Navy Warships

This week, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated two milestone events for the Arleigh Burke-class program. On October 30, Bath Iron Works held a keel laying

Partnerships Key to Caribbean Maritime Security

Planning and execution of port and maritime safety and security in Caribbean region is all about partnerships Maritime security and safety experts are meeting in Nassau,

Fincantieri & Vittoria Shipyard Join Forces

During the 24th edition of Euronaval, the most prestigious event in the world for naval defense, Fincantieri, one of the major shipbuilding groups worldwide, and Vittoria Shipyard,

Naval Architecture

AVEVA E3D Takes Center Stage

Customer case studies combine with advances in asset visualization and cloud technologies to showcase a new era in the creation and management of complex Digital Assets.

Naviera Integral Orders Damen Fast Crew Suppliers

Naviera Integral of Mexico is the launching customer of Damen’s new Sea Axe Fast Crew Supply vessel, the FCS 4008. President of Naviera Integral, Juan Pablo Vega,

Wärtsilä Propulsion and Design for Two OSVs

Two new 150-ton-bollard-pull anchor handling offshore support vessels (AHOSVs) being built at the Colombo Dockyard in Sri Lanka have been designed by Wärtsilä and

News

USCG Cutter Diligence Returns

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington following a 45-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. While on patrol, Diligence served as the

Southern California Port Congestion

Hapag-Lloyd informs about the congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that has reached a critical point. I. Several container ships are anchoring

GAC Starts Green Hull Cleaning Operations in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free

Eye on the Navy

Fincantieri & Vittoria Shipyard Join Forces

During the 24th edition of Euronaval, the most prestigious event in the world for naval defense, Fincantieri, one of the major shipbuilding groups worldwide, and Vittoria Shipyard,

Warships Heading to Albany

HMAS Stuart and Japanese Defense Ship Kirisame departed Fleet Base West late yesterday to participate in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event this weekend.   The

Australia’s Newbuild LHD Enroute Homeport

Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, NUSHIP Canberra has been farewelled from Melbourne as she departs for Sydney. NUSHIP Canberra departed

Underwater Engineering

GAC Starts Green Hull Cleaning Operations in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free

First Libra Offshore Oil Well Confirms Discovery

Libra consortium reports that drilling the first well in the area extension of Libra, the 3-BRSA-1255-RJS (3-RJS-731), confirmed the discovery of good quality

Maersk Interceptor Named in Norway

In a ceremony held at GMC Marine Partners yard in Mekjarvik in Norway, Mrs. Anita Utseth, Senior Vice President in Det norske oljeselskab ASA (Det norske) had

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3225 sec (3 req/sec)