DCNS sets up DCNS Research to promote innovation
To further its innovation strategy, DCNS has set up DCNS Research. The initiative reaffirms the Group’s determination to maintain its position as one of the world’s leading innovators in naval defence and energy.
DCNS Research brings together all Group activities involving technological research. Technological research builds on basic research and theory to yield applications vital to the design and development of new products and services.
With facilities at the Group’s Nantes and Toulon centres, DCNS Research currently comprises 120 highly qualified engineers and technicians. The new entity will focus on the main areas of technological research applicable to naval defence and energy, including hydrodynamics, materials, structures, acoustic discretion, electromagnetism and algorithms.
Topics under investigation include:
- swell motion forecasting using hydrodynamic models and their contribution to UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) deployment from warships
- improved understanding of the behaviour and reliability of warships in all sea states
- smart materials combining structural strength and stealth along with antenna and other capabilities, to replace multiple components using a variety of materials
- long-term properties and performance of large wind turbines and resistance of floating turbines to marine environments.
- Innovation is in the Group’s genes. DCNS breakthrough technologies – including the first stealth frigate and the first automatic recovery of a UAV by a vessel under way – have consistently proved industry leaders.
DCNS also leads in technologies in vastly different areas, including:
- a range of advances to ensure that frigates measuring over 100 metres in length return smaller radar echoes than trawlers
- virtual and augmented reality design aids that enable customers to test future warships before they are built
- combat management systems (CMSs) enabling warships to simultaneously track 2,000 moving targets in real time, whether in the air, on land or on the sea
- the first 10 MW prototype plant in the world for the production of an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion system exploiting the temperature difference between warm surface water and cold water from depths to produce electricity 24 hours on 24 and 7 / 7.