Density as a Cost-driver in Naval Submarine Design and Procurement

Report Number: NPS-AM-08-115

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Costing

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Benjamin P. Grant

Title: Density as a Cost-driver in Naval Submarine Design and Procurement

Published: 2008-06-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Graduate Student

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2008/NPS-AM-08-115.pdf

Keywords: Density, Cost, Submarine, Weight, Cost-Driver, Cost Analysis, Cost Estimating Relationship, Parametric, Cost Estimation, Design, Acquisition, Navy, Permeability, Size, Cost Growth, Cost Escalation

Abstract:

This thesis examines density reduction as an alternative to weight or size reduction when decision-makers seek options for lower-cost submarine designs. The parameter density measures how tightly systems and equipment are placed within a hull structure. To address design characteristics unique to submarines, this research mainly focuses on submarine design and procurement