Problem: The 47 intake/exhaust louvers on the ARLEIGH
BURKE Class DDGs were corroding at an alarming rate, even before the ship was launched.
Vast amounts of manpower were required to keep up with the maintenance and corrosion
Solution: MTTC, in conjunction with ACL, Ltd., verified
the "Fluidized Bed Powder Coating" system by coating 3 louvers and placing them
on USS COOK for at-sea testing. The results were outstanding.
Minimum 15 Year:
Fleet Impact: Essentially
eliminates the need to strip, prime and paint these large and complex topside parts. Now
incorporated into ship production for all new DDG's.
Type Commanders are
sending ship-sets for coating as soon as ships' schedules allow. Now included in all new
production ships. This will no longer be an issue by end of 2002.
Unique to DDG-51
Class at this time.
Method is proven and
in library for future issues on other ship classes.