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May 2000


Attention: "Closet 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 you’ve 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 452-1131.


Navy's Manager of Destroyer Program

Visits louisville and Tours MTTC

April 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 Connector Covers.

In addition 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.

 

Captain Parker's 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 follows:
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 of 2000.

 

Heat 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.

 

Watertight 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.

 

Topside 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.

 

K-Flex Eco 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.

 

DDG-51 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 success.

 

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.

  

Ecotherm 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.

 


Please Give Us A Call

For additional news or information about opportunities involving technology transfer, send an e-mail to:

Dick Gilbert OR  Dave Goddard

 

Phone: (502) 367-2186;   Fax (502) 367-4261


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