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Brüel & Kjær completes delivery of BAE HVME system

BAE Systems Submarines Solutions, United Kingdom

Introduction

Brüel & Kjær (now HBK) delivered their HVME (Hull Vibration Monitoring Equipment) solution to BAE Systems Submarine Solutions. The purpose is to assist ship staff in maintaining a low noise signature by monitoring and analysing hull vibration and hydrodynamic noise.

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The HVME system will be deployed on HMS Audacious, the fourth boat in the UK Royal Navy's Astute-class, nuclear-powered attack submarine construction programme.

The Brüel & Kjær (now HBK) HVME system will provide monitoring and analysis facilities of structure-borne noise generated in the submarine. The purpose is to assist ship staff to maintain a low noise signature by monitoring and analysing both hull vibration and hydrodynamic noise.

The PULSETM modular and scalable platform, with over 12,000 systems sold worldwide, includes the flagship LAN-XI acquisition unit. The ‘hand-sized’ network-based LAN-XI modules provide a distributed architecture to give installation flexibility and drastically reduce amounts of sensor cabling.

Brüel & Kjær (now HBK) underwater acoustics products and solutions range from sensors and exterior/interior noise source identification and noise mapping systems, through complete acoustic ranging and noise self-monitoring solutions.

BAE Systems Submarine Solutions based in Barrow-in-Furness North-west England, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems, responsible for the development and production of submarines.

The company is constructing the Astute-class submarine, a new generation nuclear attack submarine (SSN) for the Royal Navy, the first of which was launched on 8 June 2007.

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