Two marine painting research projects will share in $1.4 million in grants over the next year from the National Shipbuilding Research Program, which aims to reduce the cost of Navy shipbuilding and repair.
|Primed steel exits a plate line. A new NSRP project will extend research on retained pre-construction primer. |
NSRP recently announced the awards to 15 new research and development projects that will be carried out by 10 NSRP panels, or communities of practice.
The Surface Preparation & Coatings Ship Production Panel, one of the original NSRP panels, provides a public forum for discussing specifications, receipt inspection of materials, preparation for coating, application of coatings, personnel protection, and clean-up and environmental compliance, as they relate to the shipbuilding/repair industry and its customers.
The panel currently has about 20 projects underway, as outlined in NSRP’s 2011 Project Portfolio.
|The NSRP Surface Preparation and Coatings Panel is chaired by Steve Cogswell, Paint Department Craft Manager for BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards in Jacksonville, FL.|
The NSRP funds are allocated about every year to relatively small projects that can be completed in one year or less, for $100,000 or less.
Ship Coating Projects
The new painting research projects, awarded $100,000 each, will be led by Elzly Technology Corp., of Reston, VA. The company provides technical consulting services in technologies related to protective coatings and corrosion control. The projects are:
• “Single-Coat Tank Coating with Retained Pre-Construction Primer”
Expanding on a current panel project, the goal of this project is obtain Naval Sea Systems Command approval to apply rapid-cure, single-coat tank linings over pre-construction primer.
Earlier this year, the Navy announced that it would loosen its longstanding requirement that pre-construction primers (PCPs) be removed from all critical-coated surfaces, a policy change that it says will save more than $7 million a year. That decision stemmed, in part, from Retention of Pre-Construction Primer, an earlier panel project report from NSRP.
The report noted continuing concern over the performance of the newer single-coat rapid-cure coatings when applied over pre-construction primer. It recommended further study of that issue.
• “Future State for Navy Ship Maintenance Painting”
Expanding on the process map for current state of the preservation process, this project will develop a future state map for Navy ship painting that supports both public and private repair and maintenance activities.
Other Surface Prep & Coatings Projects
Also awarded to the Surface Preparation and Coatings Panel were:
• “Development of 110 Volt Single-Phase Powered Stud Welding System”
Led by weld stud fastener manufacturer Nelson Stud Welding, the project will evaluate power conversion topologies in providing a regulated current supply suitable for precision drawn-arc stud welding powered by 110-volt single-phase input power.
• “Application of Mechanical Arm Systems”
Led by BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, the goal of this project is to test and quantify the applicability of unpowered mechanical arm technology in the shipbuilding industry.