A Process to Establish the Common Functions Performed by a Multi-Role Vessel
DEFENSE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA) MARITIME PLATFORMS DIV
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The concept of utilising a base platform that can be reconfigured for different roles using modules is becoming prevalent in minor warship design. These reconfigurable vessels have been designated as Multi-Role Vessels MRVs. Incorporating different combinations of common functions into the design of a base MRV platform will have varying implications on how the base MRV will look and perform. This report focuses on the requirements and functional analysis activities within an MRV systems concept design phase. Using the iterative nature of these activities, a process is developed that can identify the functions that will be common across the roles that an MRV is to perform. In the process, Systems Engineering approaches and tools are adopted and used in consultation with the stakeholders to identify a set of functions the MRV will perform. The validity of the process is tested using a pilot study for an MRV that will carry out patrol, mine counter measure and hydrographic survey roles.
- Marine Engineering