$2.5M Awarded for Shipbuilding Research


Coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control projects will share in more than $2.5 million in funding newly awarded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.

The program's Executive Control Board has announced the support for 17 projects as part of NSRP's continuing mission to reduce costs associated with U.S. shipbuilding and repair.

Three projects, representing $449,000 in funding, are related to coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control.

The projects were selected from proposals submitted in April in response to NSRP's annual Panel Project Solicitation. The panels represent four main initiatives: ship design and material technologies; ship production technologies; business processes and information technologies, and infrastructure and support.

Coatings & Corrosion Focus

Coatings and corrosion prevention figure prominently in three of this year's awards.

Ingalls Shipbuilding will receive $150,000 for "Universal Primer and Surface Preparation Process," a project to reduce paint costs by eliminating the need for mechanical surface preparation when overcoating construction primer.

The project will evaluate alternate primers with extended overcoat windows and develop the technical and business case for their use in ship construction.

Elzly Technology Corp., NASSCO and BAE Systems SE Shipyards will get $149,000 for "Partial Blast of Ultra-High-Solids Coated Tanks," a project to quantify the risks and benefits of a partial blast procedure for use in ultra-high-solids coated tanks on Navy ships.

The process allows for a small amount of remaining tightly adhering coating. If effectively implemented for surface ships, the potential costs savings will be quantified and wording for NAVSEA 009-032 will be developed.

Elzyly Technology Corp. and Bath Iron Works will receive $150,000 for "Alternate Corrosion Control Methods for Inaccesible Void Spaces." This project aims to compile application and performance data on the various alternative corrosion control methods that have been used.

Based on this data, a guide document for shipbuilders will be developed that will contain logic for selecting appropriate alternative treatment methods.

The Projects

Following are the other 14 projects awarded, the grantees and the award amount.

NSRP Panel Project
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The panel projects represent four main initiatives: ship design and material technologies; ship production technologies; business processes and information technologies, and infrastructure and support.

  • "Shared Manufacturing Drawing Qualifications Requirements" ($150,000), Newport News Shipbuilding, Ingalls Shipbuilding, GD-Electric Boat and Bath Iron Works;
  • "Use of Shoot Through Templates for Shot Studs in Mounting Electrical Equipment" ($150,000), Newport News Shipbuilding, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Nelson Stud Welding and DWM Services;
  • "Investigation of Low-Temperature Transformation Wires for Plate Distortion Reduction" ($150,000), Ingalls Shipbuilding, Colorado School of Mines and Devasco;
  • "Safer Inspection of Medium-High Voltage Switchboards" ($150,000), Penn State Electro-Optics Center, Ingalls Shipbuilding, SUPShips Gulf Coast and AVO Training Institute;
  • "Development of an Alternative, Low-Cost False Deck" ($149,000), Newport News Shipbuilding, Ingalls Shipbuilding and Hilti North America;
  • "Use of Mobile Robotics to Increase Welder Productivity and Weld Quality" ($150,000), EnergynTech Inc., Robotic Technologies of Tennessee, Miller Electric Co. and Ingalls Shipbuilding;
  • "Materials for Exterior Electrical Connections and Sealing Phase II" ($150,000), Ingalls Shipbuilding and D'Angelo Technologies;
  • "Implement Residual Mass DDAM" ($70,000), Newport News Shipbuilding;
  • "Leveraging Detail Design Data in Weight Engineering Phase II" ($150,000), DRS Technologies, Marinette Marine, VT Halter, NASSCO, Austal USA, Gibbs & Cox, SSIUSA and BAS Engineering;
  • "Flux Cored Welding Electrode for Welding HY100 and HSLA100" ($150,000), Ingalls Shipbuilding, Vigor Shipbuilding and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard;
  • "Monatomic Hydrogen Control in High-Strength Steel" ($150,000), GD-Electric Boat, Newport News Shipbuilding, Bradken Tacoma, MetalTek, Scot Forge and University of Maryland;
  • "Evaluation of State of the Art GMAW Welding Technologies for Aluminum" ($150,000), EWI, Marinette Marine, Newport News Shipbuilding and Austal USA;
  • "Alternatives to Fiber Optic Connectors" ($150,000), Penn State Electro-Optics Center, Bath Iron Works, Ingalls Shipbuilding, KITCO Fiber Optics and NSWC Dahlgren; and
  • "Flexible Infrastructure Spec Requirements Gaps" ($149,000), Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding.

More information: www.nsrp.org.


Tagged categories: Corrosion protection; Funding; Marine; Marine Coatings; National Shipbuilding Research Program; Newport News Shipbuilding; North America; Primers; Program/Project Management; Research; Shipyards; Surface preparation

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