Modeling and simulation of the free electron laser and railgun on an electric Naval surface platform
Bowlin, Oscar E.
Colson, William B.
Armstead, Robert L.
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The Free Electron Laser (FEL) and Rail Gun are electric weapons which will require a significant amount of stored energy for operation. These types of weapons are ideal for use onboard an all-electric ship. An investigation is made of the effects these weapons will have on a proposed electrical system architecture using simulation modeling. Specifically, this thesis identifies possible design weaknesses and shows where further research and modeling is needed in order to ensure the proper integration of these electric weapons onboard an all-electric ship. The integration of these electric weapon systems with the power systems on electric ships will have an impact on naval operations. Several scenarios concerning specific naval missions are investigated using simulation software to understand the impact and limitations on the electric system using these new electric weapons.
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