Multileg Tanker Mooring System and Unloading Facility: System Model and Reliability Analysis
ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND FORT BELVOIR VA
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The delivery of fuel by sea to friendly forces engaged with a hostile force has been subjected to a detailed inquiry using operations research methodology. A mathematical model has been formulated which represents both the supply and demand elements of the problem. The fuel delivery portion of the model accommodates weather conditions, distance from shore to water of adequate depth for safe tanker operation, properties of the conduit through which fuel will flow, reliability of the mooring and unloading system, and the volume of fuel storage containers available. The fuel demand portion of the model consists of daily consumption plus a contribution to the fuel reserve. The fuel reserve itself may be varied to reflect differing philosophies toward fuel reserve accumulation. The model was employed to investigate how well one specific system -- the Multileg Tanker Mooring System -- would perform in a hypothetical 90-day-long hostility patterned after the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Commands two Mideast Scenarios.
- Marine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies