PHILADELPHIA - Engineers at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division - Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES) are installing a demonstrational Thermal Management Control System (TMCS) aboard USS Kidd (DDG 100) to regulate ship temperatures in a more efficient manner.
Traditionally, temperatures in various compartments of a ship are controlled manually, similar to the concept of using window units or space heaters in an older home. Radar rooms, weapons systems, crew quarters and data storage centers are among the many areas aboard ship requiring constant temperature management.
According to NSWCCD-SSES' Mike McGovern, TMCS installation project manager, maintaining cooler temperatures in high-heat areas of a ship can subject other areas to unnecessary cooling as the HVAC works overtime to bring temperatures down.
"Aboard the last ship we visited in San Diego, the average temperature inside was 61 degrees while the outside temperature was 73 degrees," said McGovern. "If the temperature is not being correctly maintained around design, which is 78 to 80 degrees, electric heaters are energized resulting in many spaces being heated and cooled at the same time which results in a huge energy penalty. Our TMCS system seeks to correct that."
The system is being installed during the ship's ongoing availability and is one of several efficiency and energy-savings initiatives supported by Naval Sea Systems Command's Fleet Readiness Research and Development Program (FRRDP).
The TMCS demo ties in with Energy Dashboard currently installed aboard Kidd. Energy Dashboard allows a ship's crew to monitor energy usage and optimal equipment alignment in real time, and is currently in its own testing phase within FRRDP.
The Ship Systems Engineering Station, Philadelphia is a major component of Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. It is the Navy's principal Test and Evaluation Station and In-Service Engineering Agent for all hull, mechanical and electrical ship systems and equipment and has the capability to test and engineer the full range of shipboard systems and equipment from full-scale propulsion systems to digital controls and electric power systems.