Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Navy’s Carbon Fiber Composite Stealth Warship DDG 1000 Zumwalt



DDG-1000 Zumwalt, the US next-gen Destroyer, which has been funded to build at Bath Iron Works in Maine and at Northrop Grumman’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Expensive, enormous and hi tech laden warship is viewed as an important part of US’s security strategy in the Asia-Pacific.

This destroyer was design in large scale use of advance carbon fibre composites, it distinguishes that US navy has been developing new advance warship which was not been considered in the past 30 years.

The Zumwalt class had its begining in 2001, when the Navy announced the program would move forward after the DD 21 project. The goal is to release 32 new multi-mission destroyers by 2012. The Navy renamed it DDG-1000 and shrank it to three ships in 2008, although the DD plan originally called for 8 to 12 “advanced technology surface

The challenge for the Navy is to meet fire-retardant/fire containment requirements, while reducing radar signature and weight, and yet control cost during construction of four upper decks of the destroyer’s deck house superstructure.

Zumwalt has a “tumblehome” hull shape. Which is a design in which the hull slopes inward from above the waterline. Such a shape drastically reduces the ship’s radar cross section. The deck house is “fully EMC shielded with reduced infrared and radar signatures.” The all-composite deck house superstructure has helped the Navy fulfill its goals, as well as reduce top heavy weight and total ship weight.





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