System Analysis of Pontoons.
CHALLENGER RESEARCH INC ROCKVILLE MD
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A description is given of nine pontoon systems including current Navy pontoon systems and commercial systems. These systems are evaluated against fourteen amphibious assault type missions such as causeways, lighters, crane platforms, and fuel barges. The parametric characteristics of pontoon systems are thus developed. An effectiveness model is developed to provide an analytical method of evaluating the pontoon systems relative to the missions. The model is exercised for the nine systems across the fourteen missions and the most effective system identified for various weighting assumptions. Finally, an optimum pontoon system is defined based upon the model exercise. Author
- Marine Engineering