Problem: The current Calcium Silicate insulation, while
tough and effective, is heavy and very difficult to install, remove and modify. Sailors
and shipbuilders alike detest working with CaSi.
Solution: MTTC, in conjunction with the Navy and BBNT,
Inc., conducted extensive shipboard testing on USS BOXER (LHD-4) of a commercially
available insulation called ECOTHERM. It proved effective and durable in its advertised
temperature range of 250º - 1000ºF.
Minimum 15 Year:
Fleet Impact: Sailors
and shipyard workers will be able to install and replace pipe insulation with nothing more
than a knife and tape. Clean-up is quick and simple. The use of this material will
substantially reduce shipbuilding costs.
tests and at-sea evaluations have been completed. The final report has
been issued. NAVSEA is currently reviewing the test results in order
to make an approval decision. It is expected to be approved with the
exception of low, horizontal piping runs which make up a very small
percentage of the overall population.
shipboard piping with temperatures in the 250º - 1000ºF range.