Throughput evaluation of an autonomous sustainment cargo container system
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With the development of new concepts in military operations and reductions in manpower of our military forces, the promotion of autonomous systems has been pushed to the forefront. Autonomous containers will play an essential role in the ability to deliver logistical supplies to waterborne littoral vessels enabling them to maintain station and complete there military operations while reducing the threat to personnel. Programmed to deliver supplies to a specified local in a reasonable timetable, these containers will play an essential role to vessels such as Riverine Warfare patrol craft, Special Operations craft and Coast Guard search and rescue boats. Development of a successful autonomous system that can deliver logistical supplies in littoral human threat arenas would serve as an immense reduction in logistical supply costs. The research that is to be conducted will focus on the unique characteristics of an autonomous sustainment cargo container and its throughput evaluation. Use of geometric data and static stability is analyzed and compared. In depth analysis primarily focuses on the hull characteristics of the container and whether subtle alterations to the bow and stern units reduce the resistance and increase the efficiency of the deliverability rate of the autonomous system.
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