Ship designs are developed in the UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering for two purposes. Firstly, as part of the MSc Ship Design Exercise, a yearly group-based design project, and secondly as part of research projects in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) and Design Research Centre (DRC) components of the Marine Research Group (MRG). This page illustrates some of the designs developed as part of these activities.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Marine Research Group
Trimaran Small Waterplane Area Central Hull
(TriSWACH) destroyer design developed to investigate
radical hullforms and future electric weapons.
Weapons included a free-electron laser for area air
defence and two 155mm railguns for long range
surface warfare. The novel hullform offers improved
seakeeping and greatly increased upperdeck area,
with a penalty in calm-water resistance.
Reference: Andrews DJ, Bucknall, R, Pawling, R, Greig, A & McDonald, T, “The Impact of Integrated Electric Weapons on Future Warship Design Using Conventional and Unconventional Hullforms”, Engine as a Weapon (EAAW) 2011, IMarEST, London.
3000t mothership for Unmanned Surface Vehicles
(USVs), to perform OPV duties. The six USVs are
stored in a mission bay in the superstructure
amidships, and launched and recovered by crane. The
basic mothership capabilities are limited to
supporting the USVs, and weapons for self defence
(TETRAL and Small Calibre Guns). The large USVs have
a semi-submersible configuration providing improved
seakeeping at the expense of increased calm water
Reference: Pawling, R & Andrews, DJ, “Large Unmanned Vehicles and the Minor War Vessel”, International Conference Warship 2013: Minor Warships, RINA, Bath, June 2013.
destroyer using electric weapons, designed to
similar requirements as the Type 45. Weapons
included a free-electron laser for area air defence
and two 155mm railguns for long range surface
warfare. A single 15t helicopter can be
accommodated, with a flight deck amidships between
the two superstructure blocks.
Reference: Andrews, DJ, Bucknall, R & Pawling, R J, “The Impact of Integrated Electric Weapons on Future Warship Design”, INEC 2010, IMarEST, Portsmouth.
3000te mothership for Unmanned Surface Vehicles
(USVs), to perform OPV duties.
|A Wind Farm
Support Vessel, using a TriSWACH hullform for
improved seakeeping and increased upperdeck area.
This small vessel can transfer crew and spare parts
to offshore wind farms, operating from either shore
or an offshore base or mothership (for deep-water
farms). The design was developed to demonstrate the
application of the Design Building Block approach to
this type of vessel and provide a baseline for
investigations of offshore windfarm support systems.
Reference: Muc-Pavic, E, Salha, A & Pawling, R, “Modelling of Support Systems for Offshore Wind Farms”, RINA conference on Design and Operation of Offshore Wind Farm Support Vessels”, RINA, London, January 2014
|A 20t Unmanned
Underwater Vehicle (UUV) using fuel cell propulsion,
designed in the Design Research Centre as part of a
study into possible future submarines using UUVs for
their primary capability. Several different
mothership submarine configurations were developed
to investigate the impact of this technology on
future submarine design, which was subsequently
taken up in an industry sponsored PhD.
Reference: Pawling, R & Andrews, DJ, “A Submarine Concept Design – The Submarine as an UXV Mothership”, International Conference Warship 2011: Naval Submarines and UUVs, RINA, Bath, June 2011.
|A 7000te carrier
for Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs),
designed to carry out the deep strike and other
roles requiring a small, dedicated fast jet
aircraft. The carrier has an above deck hangar (in
the superstructure) to keep the size of the vessel
down and is equipped with basic self defence (CAMM
and Small Calibre Guns). The UCAVs are launched
using a combination of an electromagnetic catapult
and a bow ramp, and are recovered vertically.
Reference: Pawling, R & Andrews, DJ, “The Ship Design Challenge of Naval Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”, International Conference Warship 2009: Air Power at Sea, RINA, London, June 2009.
|A Wind Assisted
Cruise Liner - a 2014 UCL MSc student design for a
small cruise liner with an extensive sail rig and
Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) fuelled propulsion,
offering an exclusive, low-emissions cruise
for an OPV with a mission bay for modular systems
including Mine CounterMeasures and hydrographics.
These vessels, each of approximately 3000t
displacement, were designed in a consultancy
activity for the UK MoD, to investigate alternative
configurations for this illustrative requirement.
From left to right, they are; a broad-transom
monohull; conventional monohull; and trimaran.
Reference: Pawling, R & Andrews, DJ, “Three Innovative OPV Designs Incorporating a Modular Payload for UXVs”, International Conference Warship 2010: Advanced Technologies in Naval Design and Construction, RINA, London, June 2010.