Below is a list of programs that represent Cardinal’s expertise at work.
U.S. Navy Submarine Programs
OHIO CLASS REPLACEMENT PROGRAM – Cardinal Engineering is supporting the development of the Navy’s newest ballistic missile submarine working with personnel from the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Carderock. Cardinal engineers are key members of the Structures and Shock systems integration teams providing technical and analytical support. Our key efforts include specification development, design review and compliance, configuration control, and design for affordability.
VIRGINIA CLASS PROGRAM – Cardinal Engineering is supporting the acquisition of the Navy’s newest class attack submarine working with personnel from the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Carderock. Cardinal engineers are integral members of the propulsor manufacturing team providing engineering and technical support. Our principal efforts include manufacturing oversight, design review and compliance, drawing review and production, and configuration control maintenance.
U.S. Navy Electric Ships Office
Cardinal Engineering provides naval power and energy systems expertise to the Electric Ships Office (PMS 320) for strategic evaluation of technology developments and transitions. This effort includes providing programmatic and technical support to PMS 320’s portfolio of programs. This support is focused on two key areas:
Systems Engineering – Cardinal Engineering is currently providing engineering services to the Electric Ships Office for the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) Power Conversion Module (PCM) and the Hybrid Electric Drive programs for Surface Ship Applications. Cardinal’s subject matter expertise in the areas of system integration, power distribution, conversion, power electronics and project management is assisting PMS 320 and the Navy to develop, test, integrate and deploy these state of the art power and propulsion system components.
International Technology Cooperation – Cardinal Engineering supports PMS 320 in technical data exchange related to shipboard power and propulsion systems under several international cooperative agreements.
Ocean Energy Technology Development
In collaboration with technology developers, national laboratories, and the U.S. Government, Cardinal Engineering is working to create usable energy from oceanic, estuary, and riverine sources. As the U.S. seeks to develop clean renewable energy sources, offshore wind and marine energy are beginning to show great promise. Offshore wind is well established in Europe and is a potential contributor to the U.S. electricity generation mix. Marine energy technologies are emerging worldwide and encompass a broad category of devices that convert energy from waves, tides, currents and thermal gradients to electricity. Cardinal’s work with domestic and international partners enables us to advise and collaborate with the entire ocean energy sector, including government agencies, academia, national laboratories, technology developers, investors and end users. With a strong background in supporting the U.S. Energy Department’s Wind and Water Power Program, we continue to work on international standards development and the creation of marine device design tools and methods.
Littoral Combat Ship Shock Survivability
Cardinal is providing shock survivability analytical support to Austal USA shipbuilders and their systems vendors to assure combat readiness of the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Designed to conduct missions close to shore, this revolutionary platform will conduct a myriad of functions involving close encounters with a variety of coastline threats. Cardinal is developing customized analytical tools and performing sophisticated computational analyses to validate survivable designs of mission-critical systems subjected to high-amplitude weapons effects.
Electromagnetic Rail Gun Program
Cardinal Engineering is supporting the development of the Navy’s Electromagnetic Rail Gun (EMRG), a long-range weapon that fires projectiles using electricity instead of chemical propellants. With its increased velocity and extended range, the EMRG will give Sailors a multi-mission capability, allowing them to conduct precise naval surface fire support or land strikes; ship defense; and surface warfare to deter enemy vessels. Cardinal engineers, working with personnel from the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren, are providing technical and analytical support in the areas of shipboard integration, pulsed power, high voltage grounding and ship motions.