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In the past, electromagnetic, infrared and radar cross section assessment would be performed through physical measurements. These would be conducted during sea trials following the completion of the new vessel and prior to its commissioning. At this stage the scope and scale of any modifications to the ship's design are limited, expensive and time consuming.

Ship EDF allows these activities to start during the early conceptual design phase and to continue all the way through the design and construction phases to the final acceptance tests. It provides detailed models and simulations of the electromagnetic environment, infrared signature and radar cross section of a new ship's design and makes use of advanced electromagnetic solvers as well as analytical, computational and design procedures which have been internally developed and validated in a continuous process since 1982. These aid the designer in making changes and selecting the best choices during the critical early design stages.

It includes tools to manage a project's workflow, track its history and to store the data in a database to enable multiple projects to benefit from the same validated materials and equipment data.


Ship EDF is comprised of four individual modules: Radar Cross Section (RCS); Infrared (IR); Electromagnetic Engineering (EME) and Below Deck.


  • Allows electromagnetic risk assessment to be performed prior to construction, saving time and money.
  • High quality solvers and analytical, computational and design procedures are supported by verified measurements.
  • Advanced post processing features which are built on IDS’s extensive experience in military naval engineering.
  • Enables the designer to easily test different configuration options resulting in the most effective designs.
  • Project versioning and traceability for highly efficient design operations.
  • RCS, IR and EME design all in the same environment allowing changes in one to be easily and quickly tested for the other two.


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 The computational resources required for electromagnetic simulation can increase very rapidly depending on the size of the problem to be analyzed.

In this regard, warship design is typically very demanding and maintaining the required efficiency and effectiveness of the processes involves correctly scaling the simulation hardware and software structure.

To allow the required tailoring, Ship EDF can be deployed on a Windows based computer network in any of the three configuration levels depicted below, where the number of clients and computational servers can be set to best match the user’s performance requirements.

Ship EDF User Work Station



Level 1 – Clients

Individual work stations run all the user interfaces including CAD and graphic post-processing.




Ship EDF Master Server


Level 2 – Master Server

File server and Oracle DB server. Manages background procedures and can be used for solver execution.





Ship EDF Server Cluster


Level 3 – Computational Servers

Manages parallel distributed computations.





Standard licenses are available on the following platforms:

Client Windows XP / Vista / 7 - 32 or 64 bit
Servers Windows XP / Vista / 7 / Server 2003 / Server 2008 - 32 bit or 64 bit (highly recommended)

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Latest Release

Version: 07.03.000
Date: January, 2014

New Features From Previous Release

ShipEDF 07.03.000

General Framework

  • Multilayer Materials up to 16 layers

EME Module

  • Coupling for AESA antenna
  • RADAR Combined Coverage upgrade
  • Transmitted Ray evaluation in GTD analysis
  • Edges and Wedges selection for GTD computation directly in the Mesher tool
  • COMMS Mitigation Actions in RADHAZ PostProcess

RCS Module

  • Bistatic RCS with sea contributions
  • GPS Ship motion data import capabilities for ISAR analysis

IR Module

  • New post processing tool with improved graphic and compare capabilities

New Below Deck section

New Interplatforms section


ShipEDF 07.02.000

EME Module

  • New GTD solver with parallel coupling management.

RCS Module

  • New FSS materials modeler and compute function.

EME Risk Module

  • Export capability of risk files for review and new import function with modification update.


ShipEDF 07.01.000

EME Module

  • New MOM solver with integrated the MR-SPARSE algorithm, capable of resolving problems with a larger number of unknowns with respect to the standard method (due to reduced RAM requirements) and with major robustness in case of non-homogeneous mesh.
  • New GTD solver optimizing the calculation for interaction order greater than the third.
  • Export capability of the MoM and PO currents analyses in ASCII files.

EM Risk Module

  • The potential risks related to Weapons and Miscellaneous items are also enhanced.


ShipEDF 07.00.000

EME Module

  • New equipment data management.
  • New equipment configuration management inside the ship project.
  • New radiation hazard standard handling and introduction of the new typology of standards regarding personnel radiation hazard.
  • New radiation hazard post-processor: it has been introduced the capacity to deal with new HERP standards and it has been removed the obligation to work separately in the HF, V/UHF or RADAR bands.
  • New feature to produce the “project reporting”, including 2D views of the CAD model, combat system list, equipment technical data, etc.
  • Import of antenna pattern models from Antenna Magus.

RCS Module

  • It is possible to import a FSS equivalent electromagnetic model, introduce it in a mesh model and use this for the RCS computation using the PO solver.
  • ISAR analysis: now it is possible to perform a computation along a trajectory read from external file.
  • Introduced new SFX compression method in MOM RCS analysis. SFX allows to perform full wave analysis of big EM models.


ShipEDF 06.02.000

EME Module

  • Antenna mismatch loss can now be considered in MoM analysis (FFD, NFD and Coupling).
  • Coupling analysis (HF, V/UHF, RADAR Band) can now display the antenna victim Received Power.
  • Spherical Wave Expansion (GRASP SWE-Q format) sources are now available in RADAR Band Section for single feed and phased array antennas.
  • New Array Performance Synthesis analysis procedure.
  • The System can now export FFD and NFD data in binary format and convert it in Equivalent current (IDD) and Spherical Wave Expansion (SWE) format using the AntennaCRT tool.
  • Now is possible to export skin geometries, topology and mesh directly on the CAD.

RCS Module

  • Enhancement of the RCS monostatic synthesis through a more effective mode selection and the add on of a query capability of the generated synthesis.


ShipEDF 06.01.002

EME Module

  • New FastMultipole Method available, that is a numerical technique based on the Multipole expansion of the Helmotz equation.
  • New OBA error procedure that allow using array antennas in the computation.
  • New IFF false echoes procedure and new graphic visualization of the result; now the result is displayed as the point where the false echo appears and the associated antenna pointing.
  • Radar coupling can now be computed in parallelized way.
  • New polarization parameter for array antennas.


ShipEDF 06.01.000

EME Module

  • Phased Array radar management has been strongly improved: The framework now contains a powerful array antenna modeler and near field, far field and coupling analyses have been tailored for this kind of antennas.
  • Management of not perfectly conductor materials in MoM analyses
  • New GTD Mesher. A completely new and comprehensive mesher, having the same interface of the PO and MoM meshers has replaced the old one which was using Microstation interface.
  • GTD Solver can now manage multiple diffraction contribution from edge/wedge skew.
  • Adapting unit loss is now considered in HF band coupling evaluation.
  • Antenna pointing is now expressed with respect to the ship reference system instead of as rotations around the antenna hinges.

RCS Module

  • EM model grouping is now managed in hot spot analysis too. It is also possible to export/import he list of model groups used in an analysis to evaluate the interactions between model plates.
  • New Multipath scan is introduced to substitute the previous Multipath compensation. Using this is possible to estimate the multipath effect due to the sea in post processing phase, introducing a new statistical approach.


ShipEDF 06.00.000

EME Module

  • New PO and MoM Mesher. A completely new and comprehensive mesher has replaced the old one which was using Microstation interface. The graphical interface and algorithm have been completely reviewed and improved.

RCS Module

  • New procedures to manage Equipment and Component inside the RCS section. Is now possible to create and store in database RCS models for equipment and components.
  • New Mesher. A completely new and comprehensive mesher has replaced the old one which was using Microstation interface. The graphical interface and algorithm have been completely reviewed and improved.
  • New RCS Post processing environment with a user friendly interface completely reviewed.
  • RAF and SSR processing function are now available for RCS result post-processing