303. Some Aspects of Weight Engineering as Applied to Marine Vehicles


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J W Dyer: 303. Some Aspects of Weight Engineering as Applied to Marine Vehicles. 1962.



This paper was presented at the Annual National Conference of the Society of Aeronautical Weight Engineers at Seattle, Washington, May 14-17, 1962. With the requirement of overall speed increase for marine vehicles, it appears that hydrofoil supported vehicles and the air cushion vehicles are the two most logical candidates to meet this requirement. Because the design of these two vehicles requires the use of principles that are well understood by the designers of aircraft, it is believed that the aircraft industry can contribute to, and hasten the development of such vehicles. This paper evaluates the importance for weight engineering and cites the recognition of the problem of weight and balance control by the U.S. Navy, Bureau of Ships as support to this theory. A suggested list of technical objectives and areas of responsibilities for weight engineers working in the marine vehicle design field is presented. Several examples of the type of weight trade studies that can be made by the weight engineer are presented. The potentials of weight reduction are demonstrated by quoting some examples from a weight reduction study made by the Advanced Marine Systems Weight Group of the Boeing Company. This paper suggests that he weight engineer can increase his effectiveness and broaden the weight engineering profession by accepting responsibilities that were formerly treated only by naval architects.


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