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The advanced technology corvette (Railgun): A concept exploration of future warships

Pawling, RJ; Farrier, L; Bradbeer, N; (2018) The advanced technology corvette (Railgun): A concept exploration of future warships. In: RINA, Royal Institution of Naval Architects - Warship 2018: Procurement of Future Surface Vessel proceedings. RINA: London, UK.

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Abstract

High power electric weapons, such as high-energy lasers and the Electro-Magnetic Rail Gun (EMRG) are the focus of research for naval application. Previous work at UCL has considered the integration of these systems on large surface warships, and the Advanced Technology Korvette – Railgun (ATK-R) project is an ongoing UCL thought experiment concerning future small warships armed with electric weapons. It brings together three main areas of research; design methodology (ZEOLIT); ballistics modelling (HYPNOS); and PhD level research into Energy Storage Systems (ESS). This paper provides some background on aspects of EMRG weapons and ESS options, before describing the ATK-R design studies carried out so far. The paper concludes with some design trends identified and future areas for development, both in terms of EMRG integration with warships and UCL research.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The advanced technology corvette (Railgun): A concept exploration of future warships
Event: Warship 2018 – Procurement of Future Surface Vessels
ISBN-13: 9781909024793
DOI: 10.3940/rina.ws.2018.05
Publisher version: https://www.rina.org.uk/Warship_2018.html
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/10086804
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