Electrical System Design

Gibbs & Cox, Inc. possesses extensive experience in design, integration, and testing of surface ship electrical systems. Proven design capability supports feasibility and trade-off studies, preliminary designs, contract designs and detail designs of shipboard and land-based test site power generation and distribution system installations, as well as test and trials support and problem identification and correction. Some electrical system design tasks performed by Gibbs & Cox, Inc. include:
  • Ship service and emergency power generation system design
  • AC and DC system design and engineering
  • Medium voltage and low voltage system design and engineering
  • Integrated Electric Propulsion Power System design and analysis
  • Power Load Flow and Power Management Analyses
  • Power Generation Plant architecture development
  • Generation and distribution equipment sizing, specification, selection, procurement and evaluation
  • Detailed power system analyses for voltage drop, fault current, and harmonic analysis
  • System Survivability analysis
  • Controls system engineering
  • Total ownership cost analyses
  • Land based test site design
Application of Integrated Electric Power Systems to Naval Shipbuilding Programs
Gibbs & Cox, Inc. has been at the forefront of naval integrated electric power system design and development, including support to the Integrated Power System (IPS) Program (Integrated Propulsion and Ships Electric Power), as well as developing engineering evaluation studies for the following programs:
  • LHD 8
  • LHA(R)
  • R/V TRITON
  • JCC(X)
  • T-AKE
  • DD 21/DD(X) Blue Team
  • DDG 51 Flight IIA
R.V Triton
Recent Electrical System Related Projects include the following:
  • DDG 51 class Electrical Issues – Providing direct support to NAVSEA and PMS 400 in the engineering and analysis of low voltage AC generation and distribution systems, machinery control systems, and lighting systems. Integral role in the implementation of Commercial Switchgear, including equipment specification, design review, testing and installation support.
  • LHD 8 Class – Providing direct engineering support to NAVSEA Philadelphia in the areas of medium voltage generation and distribution system design, low voltage distribution system design, auxiliary propulsion system specification and equipment design review and testing support, electric plant survivability and casualty power system design
  • Littoral Combat System Preliminary Design – Further development of the FMHS design which included development of inquiry specifications for ship service generators and switchboards related equipment, CAIV analysis, and risk assessment.
  • LHA(R) Replacement for LHA Class Ships – Presently providing direct engineering support to the LHA (R) Machinery IPT and NAVSEA Philadelphia in the areas of medium voltage generation and distribution system design, low voltage distribution system design, auxiliary propulsion system specification and equipment design review, and electric plant survivability.
Gibbs & Cox, Inc. utilizes an extensive suite of software to develop and optimize ships electric power generation and distribution systems while maintaining the ability to perform such tasks through traditional means. Our Software suite includes:
Electrical System Analysis E-TAP Power System Performance Analysis, Load Flow, Transient Analysis, Fault Current Analysis, Voltage Drop Analysis