K-Flex ECO Insulation
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 RUSHMORE (LSD-47) of a commercially available insulation called K-Flex ECO. It proved effective and durable up to its advertised upper temperature limit of 250ºF.
Estimated Navy Cost Avoidance:
Minimum annual: $1,250 K
Minimum 15 Year: $18,750 K
(Combined with ECOTHERM)
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.
MTTC and the Navy have completed testing on USS RUSHMORE. The Navy has granted waivers for shipbuilding contracts and formal approval has been issued.
- All shipboard piping with temperatures less than 250ºF.