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Development, Technology Integration & Industry Research

Gibbs & Cox supports the U.S. Navy and industry research and development activities with an emphasis on total ship concept development and in integrating advanced systems into the shipboard environment. Our total ship concept development spans: displacement monohulls, advanced semi-planing and planing hulls, and multi-hulls.

Gibbs & Cox’s experience in advanced or high-performance ships and craft involves early phase development, which includes not only total ship designs but also the development of design algorithms and other basic technology for input to the design process. Throughout these ongoing efforts, Gibbs & Cox continues to be at the forefront of Hull, Mechanical & Electrical (HM&E) system development and technology improvements.

Solving Design Challenges to Simplify Integration & Improve Development

Our experience in solving detailed design challenges when implementing new technologies into the demanding environment of naval combatants and high-performance vessels allows us to add value in research and development projects.

We identify design features that, when incorporated, will simplify integration of new technologies into current and future ships.  Similarly, our in-depth understanding of the maritime environment can help inform and improve technology development efforts, reducing transition risk and ensuring performance.

Gibbs & Cox utilizes an extensive suite of software tools to develop and optimize hullforms, while maintaining the ability to perform such tasks through traditional means.

Advancing Technology through Internal Research & Development

In addition to supporting our clients’ research and development activities, Gibbs & Cox also conducts internally funded research and development. These efforts typically focus on exploring variations of past designs for new applications, investigations into emerging technologies, and development of new tools and capabilities for the future.

Gibbs & Cox has supported the development of the following advanced technologies:

  • Autonomous systems
  • Integrated power and propulsion systems
  • Environmentally-conscious propulsion and auxiliary systems
  • Alternative fuels
  • Flexible and scalable designs
  • 3D scanning applications
  • Development of prototype equipment and systems
  • Ride control systems
  • Additive manufacturing applications
  • Composite materials
  • Hybrid electric propulsion systems
  • Highly producible modular designs
  • Zonal power and auxiliary systems architectures
  • Renewable energy
  • Advanced high-power weapons and sensors

Combining Conventional Design with Modern Software

Gibbs & Cox combines conventional design methods and modern software analyses to address the diverse nature of ship design challenges.

Between model tank testing, wind tunnel testing, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Gibbs & Cox has established and maintained relationships with many of the leading technological companies and institutions.

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“[the] team received very strong endorsement at Design Review #2 placing us in an excellent position for [future phases of the project].   Based on the superb efforts of G&C, they are our trusted design agent for Detail Design and will perform a majority of the design work. … I have been involved in naval combatant ship design for 40 years and have never seen applause at a design review like we received at DR2.  Well Done!”