Physics-based modeling and assessment of mobile landing platform system design
Williams, Christopher G.
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In this thesis, the overall throughput rate is examined from a container ship servicing the Sea Base to the objective ashore with attention paid to the Mobile Landing Platform. An initial study was conducted using a variety of air and surface connectors considering the various technologies being developed for the Sea Base concept and the use of a T-AKE class ship acting as a warehouse. A second study was then conducted taking the results from the initial sturdy to determine the maximum number of surface connectors could be employed to maximize the logistical throughput without incurring a wait time. The number of loading spots versus the amount of deck space available for stowage of cargo was calculated for the various cases. The surface connectors considered were the Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC), the Next Generation Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC(X)) and the Sea Base Connector Transformable Craft (T-Craft). Finally, a separate logistics simulation developed by Professor Gordis was then used to compare the different connectors, the effect of increasing the available deck space on the Mobile Landing Platform and the effects of technologies which would increase the connector load times.
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