Programs

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.

Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Technologies Office

Working with National Laboratories, Cardinal is providing critical technical leadership and project management support to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office.  As the U.S. seeks to develop clean renewable energy sources, offshore wind and marine and hydrokinetic 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 and hydrokinetic energy technologies are emerging worldwide and encompass a broad category of devices that convert energy from riverine sources and ocean waves, tides, currents and thermal gradients to electricity.  Our work with DOE enables us to advise and collaborate with the entire ocean energy sector, including other government agencies, academia, national laboratories, technology developers, investors and end users.

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.