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Advanced System of Systems Design Capability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0249
Agency Tracking Number: N064-016-0389
Amount: $99,656.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T016
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-05-31
Small Business Information
2890 Carpenter Road, Suite 1900
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
United States
DUNS: 134722656
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nick Vlahopoulos
 Chief Technical Officer
 (734) 358-0792
Business Contact
 Christina Vlahopoulos
Title: President
Phone: (734) 358-0777
Research Institution
 Armin Troesch
NA&ME Dept. 2600 Draper Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

 (734) 763-6644
 Nonprofit College or University

Successful advanced Naval ship design must be based on integrating multiple cross-functional systems. Future Naval systems will require innovation and a systematic integration in order to achieve increasingly demanding mission profiles in a cost effective manner. Since a large amount of the design cost (up to 80%) is locked during the conceptual phase, it is important to include both the traditional Naval Architecture concerns and the specialized war fighting operational objectives within the conceptual design. Accurate assessment of proper specifications and design objectives using a system of systems cost conscious design environment will eliminate situations where cost becomes prohibiting because performance expectations were set at each system level without coordination and without a parallel interaction among systems' performance and objectives. The proposing firm (MES) has been developing a system for Multi-Disciplinary Optimization under Uncertainty (MDO-U) and has applied it successfully to space vehicle design. MES has also developed Fast Running Model (FRM) technology for performing high fidelity simulations rapidly within an iterative environment (i.e. optimization, model update, error estimation). Both capabilities will be employed for developing a flexible and modular Tree-MDO-U (T-MDO-U) tool for system of systems design. If desired, T-MDO-U will allow including established Naval design tools (i.e. ASSET-LEAPS) within the design process. In collaboration with the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, MES will validate the T-MDO-U in a ship design environment and will demonstrate the value of a systematic probabilistic design in achieving cost savings.BENEFITS: The T-MDO-U development will allow performing system of systems design in a systematic manner that considers the interaction among systems. It will include uncertainty in the optimization process and will bring high fidelity analyses into the early design stage. The T-MDO-U will be validated within a ship design environment and upon completion it will allow rapid evaluation of alternative ship designs for Naval warfare scenarios. Beyond the Naval field and the shipbuilding industry, the T-MDO-U product will be valuable in aerospace, automotive, military ground vehicle, heavy construction equipment, and bioengineering industries for designing complex and cost conscious products.

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