TECH TRANSFER NEWS
Navy Looking for Answers
(4/1/99) Our readers may be able to help the Navy solve an ongoing
problem. Shipboard watertight doors (WTD) have handles that, when not being used, are
stowed in the vertical direction. The handles are held there in place by spring metal
clamps. Some of these WTDs are operated hundreds of times a day. Unfortunately, the clamps
being used can corrode, lose their spring (which causes the handles to fall down and block
the doorway) or simply break off. The FMTTC is looking for a replacement for these clips.
They do not have to be made of metal, but, if they are metal, they must be able to
withstand the salt-water environment. If you have a product or an idea that we could
propose to the Navy, please call or email Dick Gilbert at the numbers at the bottom of
Next Meeting of the Technical Advisory Board
(4/20/99) As announced at the April Board,
the next TAB meeting will be held October 13, 1999 at MTTC. Time and location to be
Technical Advisory Board (TAB)
(4/1/99) As announced at the
October Board, the next TAB meeting will be held on April 20, 1999 at MTTC. The meeting
will be conducted in the small conference room at the Conference Center. It will run from
9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The agenda will approximate previous meetings.
Lynx Motor Update
(4/1/99) While U.S. Navy and Naval contractors are still
expressing strong interest in using the Lynx Motor in a variety of applications, no
contracts have yet been issued. Lynx has continued its expansion in the commercial arena.
They recently signed contracts with NASA and Boeing to produce a prototype motor that may
eventually replace the hydrazine auxiliary power unit on the space shuttle. They have
completed production of the first 10-inch diameter motor that is associated with their
Department of Energy SBIR contracts. Lynx is conducting negotiations with a large number
of potential users ranging from transportation to home appliances.
(4/1/99) The FMTTC has been selected to give a paper at the
bi-annual American Society of Naval Engineers Fleet Maintenance Symposium. This year it
will be held on October 26 27 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Fleet Maintenance Technology Transfer Coordinator
(2/26/99) The Project Status is as follows:
Testing is complete. NAVSEA is preparing to issue a fleet advisory approving the use in
most applications. USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, USS JOHN STENNIS and USS ENTERPRISE have gone
to sea with Superbolts installed under a waiver.
Chlorinator. Suitcase unit is designed and under construction. COMNAVSURFLANT has
identified the USS CARR as the test ship. Shipchecks have been conducted and modifications
will be installed during an upcoming drydocking. A 6-12 month test period is envisioned.
S086503. Lynx Motor. The
Lynx Motor shock test will probably be delayed until later in 1999 when a steel-cased
motor becomes available.
Door Hinge Replacement. Approved at the January 13, 1999 meeting of the Office of
Naval Research Working Group. Contract discussions are ongoing with the Naval Surface
Warfare Center, Carderock. NAVSEA has estimated that this new hinge pin set will save $10M
annually in maintenance costs. The new pin sets will be subjected to accelerated cycle
testing to verify performance before introduction into 52,000 fleet doors. This is a
Secretary of the Navy high interest item.
Exchanger Descaler. Approved on January 13, 1999. This commercially- available system
will be tested and approved for shipboard use. This will permit emergent maintenance and
eliminate the need for costly removal/reinstallation of heat exchangers in order to
deliver them ashore. An estimated $4M/year cost avoidance is forecast. Contract
discussions are ongoing with NSWC Carderock.
"EURONAVY" Bilge Paint Qualification. Approved on January 13, 1999. MTTC
will be teaming with NAVSEA and the Fleet Commands to qualify this new epoxy paint for use
in ship bilges. This is a Secretary of the Navy high interest item and should be complete
by September 1999. A savings of $6 million per year has been projected. NAVSEA
and CES, Inc. are currently developing a test plan.
Connector Corrosion Protection. Approved on January 13, 1999. FMTTC will qualify
several re-enterable connector covers for shipboard use. The use of these materials will
minimize connector corrosion and result in greater electronic system reliability and
reduced maintenance. NAVSEA and Raychem, Inc. are currently developing a test plan.
January 13, 1999 Board also approved
procurement of VHF antennas for shipboard testing. NAVSEA is currently analyzing available
antenna systems for operational effectiveness. CINCLANTFLT has proposed the use of the USS
MOUNT WHITNEY for at-sea testing. The board also authorized the FMTTC to continue
discussions with NAVSEA on the National Surface Treatment Center. FMTTC is awaiting a
decision from NAVSEA regarding the establishment of the NSTC as an approved MANTECH
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