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An architectural framework for distributed naval ship systems

Brefort, D; Shields, C; Habben Jansen, A; Duchateau, E; Pawling, RJ; Droste, K; Jasper, T; ... Kana, AA; + view all (2018) An architectural framework for distributed naval ship systems. Ocean Engineering , 147 pp. 375-385. 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.10.028. Green open access

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This paper introduces a framework for analyzing distributed ship systems. The increase in interconnected and interdependent systems aboard modern naval vessels has significantly increased their complexity, making them more vulnerable to cascading failures and emergent behavior that arise only once the system is complete and in operation. There is a need for a systematic approach to describe and analyze distributed systems at the conceptual stage for naval vessels. Understanding the relationships between various aspects of these distributed systems is crucial for uninterrupted naval operations and vessel survivability. The framework introduced in this paper decomposes information about an individual system into three views: the physical, logical, and operational architectural representations. These representations describe the spatial and functional relationships of the system, together with their temporal behavior characteristics. This paper defines how these primary architectural representations are used to describe a system, the interrelations between the architectural blocks, and how those blocks fit together. A list of defined terms is presented, and a preliminary set of requirements for specific design tools to model these architectures is discussed. A practical application is introduced to illustrate how the framework can be used to describe the delivery of power to a high energy weapon.

Type: Article
Title: An architectural framework for distributed naval ship systems
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.10.028
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.10.028
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Early-stage design, Distributed systems, Complex systems, Design taxonomy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10029088
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