Crew members responsible for operating modern warships must train extensively to master the control of the vessels’ systems. Instructors aboard the Type 45 Anti-Air Warfare destroyer, the Royal Navy’s most advanced and largest warship of its type, will use an On-Board Trainer (OBT) to train crew to control, reconfigure, and recover the ship’s main systems in a variety of machinery fault and action damage scenarios.
The trainer simulates, in real time, the Type 45’s sophisticated electric propulsion, generation, and auxiliary machinery, which can be simultaneously controlled by up to 16 crew members via the Platform Management System (PMS). The OBT enables crew members to take their workstations offline to run training simulations; it is the Royal Navy’s first on-ship trainer of this type.
BAE Systems Surface Ships developed the OBT plant simulation using MathWorks tools and Model-Based Design. “By modeling and simulating the ship’s systems in Simulink, we provided a safe learning environment for the crew and gave valuable feedback to the main Type 45 project team at an early stage,” says Peter Worthington, principal engineer at BAE Systems Surface Ships.