Accession Number:



Analysis and Simulation of the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV) Electrical System Architecture

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:


Personal Author(s):

Report Date:


Pagination or Media Count:



The Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle AAAV is a high water speed amphibious armored personnel carrier that will replace the current family of Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles. The AAAV is currently in Phase I of the DOD Acquisition Process. During this phase-extensive development, testing is being conducted and prototypes are being constructed. Ongoing tests of the current electrical system architecture are revealing problems and issues that need to be addressed. Present testing is also revealing the need for a troubleshooting tool that can be used to simulate and test proposed solutions. A distributive computing effort is being conducted with Purdue University in order to provide the Marine Corps a tool where by it can test and evaluate the entire AAAV electrical system architecture. This document provides a general system description of the AAAV, an electrical system architecture overview, and a candidate electrical system description. Testing, modeling, and computer simulation efforts applied to the NBC Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical fanfilter motor drive and battery banks are described and the resulting data analyzed. Current research is investigating an issue regarding energy being forced back into the high power distribution bus due to regeneration from sudden impacts on the vehicle turret. An ultra capacitor bank may be incorporated in the AAAV electrical system in an effort to mitigate the effect of this regenerative energy. Therefore, testing, modeling, and computer simulation of an ultra capacitor is also reported.

Subject Categories:

  • Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement: