The paper, "Analysis of the Power Quality Impact of Multiple Directed Energy Loads on an Electric Ship Power System," coauthored by Robert Hebner, Angelo Gattozzi, Keith Cohn (NPS), and William Colson (NPS) was presented at the 23rd Annual Solid State and Diode Laser Technology Review in Broomfield, Colorado June 15-18, 2010.
This paper details the electrical power system of an all-electric ship modeled in Simulink® for the case of a ship supporting several high power directed energy loads, among which are a Free Electron Laser (FEL), an Active Denial System (ADS), and a Laser Weapon System (LaWS). Starting from a load centered approach, and a physical description of the components of the various loads, individual models of each load plus a combined model for a system supporting simultaneously one instance of all loads was developed. Sample case studies were presented corresponding to expected operational scenarios for a US Navy ship and to potential emergency conditions. The models were designed to be interactive, allowing the operator to change key settings dynamically while the simulation is running, thus mimicking an actual operation of the power system on a ship in real time. A preliminary graphical user interface was developed to demonstrate the ability of these models to be converted into top-level training tools for Navy personnel supported by a realistic representation of the ship power system.