Mission Power and Energy Systems in Surface Ships

When:  Sep 22, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM (ET)
Associated with  Chesapeake Section
Joint SNAME Chesapeake Section & ASNE Flagship Section Meeting


Mission Power and Energy Systems (MPES) are fundamental to the design, mission, and operation of surface ships. MPES architecture and design are critical to determining a surface ship’s effectiveness, survivability, and cost. MPES systems are distributed systems, most simply defined as mechanical, electrical and electronic components distributed throughout a ship that are connected to work together. These systems, particularly the power and energy systems, are traditionally represented in “one-line diagrams” and “equipment lists”. Over time, distributed systems have become increasingly interconnected and interdependent, particularly in modern surface ships. This complexity makes them more vulnerable to cascading failure and to behavior that may become evident only when the system is in operation if not properly discovered and considered early. An energy flow modeling approach can provide significant insight to system design and operation while in early-stage design.


Mark Parsons is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech. He researches network-based methods to assess surface ship distributed system vulnerability, survivability, and deactivation recoverability in concept-stage design. He received his M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2019 and his B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans in 2016. Mark is a student member of SNAME and ASNE.