TECH TRANSFER NEWS
Inventors": MTTC Luncheon Speakers Available
Are you an inventor? How many of us have had
an idea for a product, or a way to make things, while we were driving in the car, taking a
shower, or otherwise going about our normal business? If youve ever had a
"brainstorm" like that, have you done anything about it? Would you know what to
do about it? Would you really know if your idea has any potential? And how do you get it
to market before someone steals your great idea, or you go broke in the process?
Not only does
MTTC, through their ITAP (Innovative Technologies Assistance Program) plan help inventors
assess their product, protect it, develop it, and get good inventions to market, now the
ITAP team from MTTC is ready to tell your group how we do it. Luncheon or meeting speakers
are now available to entertain your gathering on the subject of "Idea to
Income." For more details, contact Dave Goddard at 367-2186, or Brian Daly at
Manager of Destroyer Program
louisville and Tours MTTC
17, 2000; Louisville KY- The local chapter of the American
Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) invited U.S. Navy Captain Fred Parker, Program Manager
for the DDG-51 (Arleigh Burke Class) Guided Missile Destroyer, to speak at their April 17th
meeting. During his visit to Louisville, Captain Parker toured the MTTC and reviewed some
of our Technology Transfer projects.The MTTC Technology Transfer project for DDG-51 Louvers
directly affected the ships in the DDG-51 program. We also explained the MTTC's role in
the following Technology Transfer projects: Low Maintenance Bilge Paint, Stratica Deck
Tile, Superbolt Fasteners, Watertight Door Hinges, K-Flex/Ecotherm Insulation and Topside
to the MTTC, Captain Parker also visited the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Pt.
Hueneme Division, Louisville Detachment, United Defense and Raytheon at the Technology
Park of Greater Louisville. The DDG-51 Class Destroyer program contracts with United
Defense and Raytheon to supply shipboard ordnance to the Navy.
visit was important to the entire defense complex at the Technology Park of Greater
Louisville, because the Captain's program is responsible for a multi-billion dollar annual
expenditure for shipbuilding at both Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine and at Ingalls
Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is the only active combatant shipbuilding program
in the Navy. Since Naval Ordnance Station closed, many people have forgotten that private
contractors are still overhauling Navy torpedo tubes, gun barrels, and decoy launchers,
and producing main battery guns and PHALANX Close-In Weapon Systems. In addition, NSWC Pt.
Hueneme Division still conducts In-Service Engineering Agent duties at the former Ordnance
Station. The DDG-51 Program presents a significant opportunity for the Louisville defense
manufacturing community, and we were honored to have Captain Fred Parker visit our
facilities and review our progress and accomplishments.
MTTC Fleet Maintenance Projects
(5/1/00) The Project Status is as
Portable Chlorinator. The installation of
injection ports and other ship modifications is complete. All equipment and supplies
have been delivered to the USS CARR. Final crew training was accomplished in
December 1999. Operational tests have now commenced.
Lynx Motor Shock.
A new robust design, with the Space Shuttle APU application in mind, has been completed.
Current plans are to produce this motor from February - May 2000, conduct
laboratory tests with Boeing and then to subject this motor to level 1 shock in the summer
Exchanger Descaler. Ongoing shipboard tests have demonstrated the viability
of this process. As a result, a draft procedure and Fleet Advisory have been written and
are in circulation for comment. Modifications to the vendors procedure have been
incorporated to reduce metal loss in the heat exchanger tubes.
Door Hinge. The 1.25 million cycle operational test has been
completed. There were three clear winners. In order to expedite fleet
introduction, limited sole source procurements from each winning concept will be
conducted, with initial hardware being used to fix some especially notorious
installations. Concurrently, a competitive procurement will be staged among the
three to obtain the best price for a very large procurement to support the needs of the
entire fleet. This project is considered to
be completed successfully.
Bilge Paint Qualification. This is a
Secretary of the Navy high interest item. The USS DETROIT has been assigned
as the test ship. A supply of both Alocit and Euronavy has been procured.
Corrosion Engineering Services, Inc. is the performing contractor. NAVSEA and
MTTC have combined resources to apply both of these paint systems on DETROIT for
evaluation and comparison. Painting has ben completed. The performance of these
paints will be evaluated under fleet conditions for an extended period of time.
Connector Corrosion Protection. The "Gel-in-the-Middle"clamshell
connector cover tests have led to the conclusion that this product will not meet Navy
needs. However, the Rayvolve (type N, roll-on) cover, which was also included in
this project, has shown excellent results to date. While laboratory tests are
ongoing, several were installed on the Phalanx CIWS mount on USS MCCLUSKY (FFG-41)
Shipboard technicians have used the re-entry capability and have expressed great
satisfaction with the concept.
Insulation. Operational tests are ongoing on USS RUSHMORE during its
deployment. At the same time, MTTC has initiated a study of some insulation that was
removed during the evaluation in June 1999. This material had been used at the upper
temperature limit of its specification and had exhibited some "hardening".
We would like to determine whether this has any effect on the insulating qualities of
K-Flex Eco. A follow-up assessment occurred on RUSHMORE in January 2000. Additional
samples were sent to the lab for testing.
Class Louvers. The test louvers on USS COOK continue to exhibit excellent
performance per SURFLANT. Based on the results to date, the Navy has funded the
coating of all louvers on ships under construction and three complete ship-sets for
operational units. This project is complete and based on strong positive Project
Office and Fleet feedback, it is considered to be a complete
Remote Valve Actuators. This
project is in the process of being modified and expanded. The original effort
to test two Tri-Tec actuators has been scaled back to one unit and it is expected to be
delivered to M. Rosenblatt, Inc. this month for installation. The work is being
expanded to include an additional actuator manufactured by Limitorque.
High Temperature Insulation. MTTC has issued a work order to BBN, Inc. A
test ship has been requested from SURFPAC. If successful, this effort will undoubtedly
lead to changes in current shipbuilding program specifications.
Distilling Plant Anti-Scale.
NAVSEA has provided a
Statement of Work and MTTC is initiating discussions with NSWC/CD/SSES, Philadelphia, PA.
Anti-Sweat Paint. NAVSEA has provided a Statement
of Work and MTTC is initiating discussions with GeoCenters, Inc.
Stratica Deck Tile.
NAVSEA has provided a statement of work and discussions with CES, Inc. have begun.
Give Us A Call
For additional news or information about opportunities involving technology
transfer, send an e-mail to:
Dick Gilbert OR Dave Goddard
367-2186; Fax (502) 367-4261