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Naval Architecture and Engineering Department

The Naval Architecture and Engineering Department performs research, engineering, test & evaluation and naval architecture on surface ships, submarines, small craft and unmanned vehicles in the areas of hull forms; propulsion; platform dynamics; hydrodynamics; and conceptual, preliminary, and contract design. Our personnel use a variety of computational tools, and hydrodynamic experimentation to develop and evaluate ship and ship system technologies, designs and concepts. Our work in naval architecture and engineering analyses ensures that our current Navy, tomorrow’s Navy and the Navy after next will always be the dominant sea power.

The Naval Architecture and Engineering Department provides these services to the U.S. Navy, other DoD departments and agencies, U.S. Coast Guard and the shipbuilding industry.

The Naval Architecture and Engineering Department undertakes work in the following areas:

  • Surface ship, small craft and boat and submarine concept development
  • Platform Design integration and management
  • Propulsor Design, Evaluation and Production Oversight
  • Naval architecture, Weights & Stability Assessments on all Naval Platforms
  • Hydromechanics design, analysis, model testing and other experimentation,
  • Submarine Maneuvering & Fly-by-Wire
  • Full Scale Ship and Submarine Hydrodynamic Evaluations
  • Navy Cost Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Ship and Submarine Acquisition Engineering
  • Hull Form Design & Evaluation
  • Unmanned vehicles Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Modeling & Simulation/Hardware-in-the-loop Testing of Autonomous Systems
  • Other naval engineering.

This department provides cradle-to-grave design and full engineering with lifecycle support for combatant craft, boats and watercraft throughout the Department of Defense and the maritime community.

Department personnel develop and use state-of-the-art computational tools and operate world-class experimental facilities including towing tanks, water tunnels and seakeeping basins with wave-making capabilities in aid of the Navy’s mission.