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A University at Buffalo electronic-packaging researcher is helping the U.S. Navy to develop a next generation all-electric warship that will revolutionize the Navy’s use of weaponry and manpower.

The electric warship’s system architecture to be designed by Cemal Basaran, director of the Electronic Packaging Laboratory in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and other researchers working on the project for the Navy will make available throughout the entire ship onboard electric power generated by the ship’s power plants and mechanical propulsion system…

The Navy plans to have the electric warship operational by 2012.

Core concept of this prototype appears to be like diesel-electric locomotives; but – erm – a little larger. Certainly, more sophisticated.




  1. gquaglia says:

    They should install a small nuke plant on this thing. Limitless power and it would never have to refuel.

  2. eyeofthetiger says:

    Where the hell are the big guns? Navy boys playing too much Halo.

  3. moss says:

    Prototypes like this don’t need guns. Just a helipad to land the Bush family for fishing trips.

  4. Awake says:

    Every ten years or so they come out with some new design for a warship. It never amounts to anything, especially the catamaran design illustrated here.

    Just a little flooding in one of those catamaran pontoons and the whole thing topples over.

  5. jlm says:

    hmm, wasnt that in a bond movie?

  6. moss says:

    #4 – actually the same concept, albeit at low speeds – but, significant power ratings, has been used for decades on offshore drilling platforms.

    No problems.

  7. Rabble Rouser says:

    How stupid is that. One shot from my EMP cannon, and that thing is dead in the water. Not only will my EMP cannon do the job, but a decent sized nuclear explosion in the vicinity of this thing would do it too.

  8. Greymoon says:

    Sharks with lasers – Engage!

  9. #7

    Plus, IT’S AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE SURROUNDED BY SEA WATER, one tiny leak and everyone’s electrocuted.

  10. bill says:

    isn’t an electric warship called a ‘submarine’? let’s build a ‘Red October’ instead.

  11. gquaglia says:

    I don’t think submarines use an electric motor. Its screw is attached to a steam turbine that is powered by the nuclear reactor.

    http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/eng/reactor.html

  12. MikeN says:

    water on electrical wires usually isn’t a good idea. Call me when they make it solar powered.

  13. gquaglia says:

    #9, #11 – Most warships have enough wiring to stretch from coast to coast. I think the Navy has the whole electricity and water thing down.

  14. Mike Voice says:

    I read an article about the SWATH design, several years ago – when I was still in the navy – in the Navy’s own journal of engineering.

    See the Wiki entry on SWATH
    http://tinyurl.com/2bft4x

    At the time – years ago – the electric-motors down in the pontoons couldn’t generate enough thrust… so the Navy article was about an engineer’s idea to use cryogenically-cooled superconducting windings in the motors.

    Great efficiency from the motors, but added complexity with cryogenic system to support the motors.

    There may have been some discussion of superconducting generators, as well.

    Makes you appreciate why there was so much interest on “room-temperature” superconductors, years ago. 🙂

    Quick google search brings-up an old IEEE paper:
    “Superconducting machinery for naval ship propulsion”
    http://tinyurl.com/ytnw26

  15. Mike Voice says:

    Where the hell are the big guns? Navy boys playing too much Halo.

    Guns… shhmuns.

    Its like with planes & ships at the start of the Vietnam War… guns had gone out of favor, and missiles were the future.

    And then guns had to be retro-fitted to planes and ships because the missiles were too expensive to waste on low-tech targets, or too few missiles could be carried for an extended sortie.

    The SWATH ships were designed for the then-current love affair with banks of vertical-launch missile batteries… especially if the missiles were on the bridge-section between the pontoons – and the rocket-exhaust could be vented straight-down.

  16. OmarTheAlien says:

    Rather than a radical departure this sounds like an evolutionary progression. Warships of all nations have put to sea with electrical cables running here, there, and everywhere since somewhere in the twenties, and there is a large knowledge base of how to handle electricity at sea. A ship at sea is a noisy thing, but let a generator trip off the line and the loudest thing aboard is the sudden silence.

  17. Mike Voice says:

    Warships of all nations have put to sea with electrical cables running here, there, and everywhere since somewhere in the twenties, and there is a large knowledge base of how to handle electricity at sea.

    Agreed.

    I served on nuclear submarines, which use steam-driven turbine-generators to generate mega-watts of power to supply all of the ship’s [boat’s] systems.

    The article I read on superconducting motors appears to have been in the January 2002 issue of Proceedings – and the synopsis is:

    “To take full advantage of the all-electric ship design’s flexibility and power density, the Navy should consider a direct-current power grid with superconducting, direct-current homopolar generators and propulsion motors.”

  18. Geoerge says:

    Who the hell uses screws anymore? go back to the 80s. Wikipedia it: Impeller. welcome to the 21st century.

    and god knows how much it cost to come up with that design.

  19. sleze says:

    “They should install a small nuke plant on this thing. Limitless power and it would never have to refuel.”

    Do a google search for Refueling Complex Overhaul. For a nuclear aircraft carrier, refueling occurs once every 10 or 15 years and each refueling period takes about 5 years.

  20. ECA says:

    be interesting just to use a water jet.
    All you need to do, is ADD heat..Any form of heat, into a 1 way valve.

  21. zxevil164 says:

    kI9Z2q Cool, bro!

  22. zxevil164 says:

    jp4B7P Cool, bro!


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