Problem: Conventional strainers used in various shipboard piping systems require frequent maintenance, are labor intensive, result in system downtime and can be hazardous to personnel and machinery.
Solution: Under the COSSI program, the Navy has been funded to operationally test the Spencer Self-Cleaning Strainer. Tests are ongoing onboard USS DULUTH (LPD-6). Upon completion of these tests, the strainer will require shock, vibration and EMI testing to qualify for military use.
Estimated Navy Cost Avoidance:
Minimum Annual: $4,080K
Minimum 15 Year:
Fleet Impact: Widespread use of self-cleaning strainers will result in a significant reduction in regular maintenance on all shipboard systems employing strainers.
A contract to produce and deliver a test strainer was awarded to Spencer Machine and Tool Company. The strainer has been delivered. MTTC awarded a contract to NAVSSES Philadelphia to perform shock, vibration and EMI testing. A test plan with schedule is being developed.
All classes of ships.