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December 1999

MTTC Participates in Air Force Symposium on Micro- and Nano-Structures

(12/1/99) The Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Wright Technology Network (WTN) are jointly sponsoring a symposium to transfer micro-structures, nano-structures, fullness, and supporting/enabling technologies to users in Industry and Government.  Experts will present these technologies and partnering opportunities.   MTTC has been assisting in the planning of this Revolutionary Aerospace Micro- and Nano-Structure Applications Symposium (RAMNAS).

Microtubes have almost universal application in areas as varied as optics, electronics, medical technology, and micro-mechanical devices.   These tubes will provide the opportunity to miniaturize numerous products and devices that are currently in existence, as well as allowing the production of new products.

In addition, the symposium will present nanotube and nanomaterial technologies.  Carbon nanotubes are stronger than steel at only one-sixth the weight.  They are thermal conductors, electrical conductors in three specific types, and available for purchase in small quantities.

MTTC Introduces Regional Manufacturers to Remarkable New Lubricant Additive

(12/1/99)  MTTC arranged for Muscle Products Inc., Butler, PA, to demonstrate their wear-resisting lubricant products, designed for use in a wide variety of applications, to regional manufacturers.  Suggested uses for these anti-friction based products include gears, piston, cutting tools, and sporting equipment.   Tests by independent laboratories have shown amazing reductions in wear.

A brief demonstration of these lubricant additive products was conducted at the November 9, 1999 meeting of the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).  Mr. Randy Hill, Marketing Director for CJ Distributing of Burton, MI, the regional distributor for the Muscle Products line, will speak and demonstrate how these products can be used and the monetary benefits.

Dayton Small Business Seminar a Success, MTTC Planning Similar Event for Louisville

(12/1/99) Representatives of MTTC attended a very successful seminar in Dayton, OH on October 4, 1999 entitled, "Acquiring Innovative Technologies to Grow Your Business:  A Conference for Small Businesses."   The seminar presented information on innovative new technologies available from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, assistance to small businesses available for the State of Ohio, electronic business guidelines, sources of funding, and the basics of business plans.  Presenters included representatives of the Air Force, the State of Ohio, and local universities.  MTTC assessed topics that might be of interest to small businesses and plans to offer a similar seminar at its conference center in Louisville.  Watch this website for details.

Navy Looking for Answers

(12/1/99) Our readers may be able to help the Navy solve an ongoing problem. Shipboard watertight doors (WTD) have handles that, when not being used, are stowed in the vertical direction. The handles are held there in place by spring metal clamps. Some of these WTDs are operated hundreds of times a day. Unfortunately, the clamps being used can corrode, lose their spring (which causes the handles to fall down and block the doorway) or simply break off. The MTTC is looking for a replacement for these clips. They do not have to be made of metal, but, if they are metal, they must be able to withstand salt-water environment. If you have a product or an idea that we could propose to the Navy, please call or email Dick Gilbert at the numbers at the bottom of this page.

MTTC Fleet Maintenance Projects

(12/3/99) 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 will be accomplished in December 1999 at which time the operational tests will commence.

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 January - April 2000, conduct laboratory tests with Boeing and then to subject this motor to level 1 shock in the summer of 2000.

Heat Exchanger Descaler.  This has become a very high visibility project in the last two months.  COMNAVSURFLANT has expressed a strong desire to accelerate it in order to provide shipboard capability as soon as possible.  As a result, COMNAVSEASYSCOM has become personally involved.   NSWC Carderock/Philadelphia has prepared the test plan and has initiated actions with the Naval Environmental Health Center and the test activities.

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 PRINCETON (CG-59) 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 PRINCETON  for evaluation and comparison.  Actual ship preparation and paint application will occur in December 1999 and January 2000.  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 "charring".  We would like to determine whether this has any effect on the insulating qualities of K-Flex Eco.  The RUSHMORE will be returning from deployment in January 2000 and the test installation will again be evaluated.

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.  In addition, AIRLANT has expressed a strong desire to team with MTTC to conduct tests on an alternative actuator, manufactured by the Target Rock Company.  Discussions on the scope of work are currently ongoing.

Ecotherm High Temperature Insulation.   MTTC has received a final statement of work from NAVSEA and is working with BBN, Inc. to issue a work order.  This fibrous material will probably be tested on USS RUSHMORE, as well.  If successful, this effort will undoubtedly lead to changes in current shipbuilding program specifications.

Tri-Tec Actuator.  The Navy is looking for remote valve actuators that are mechanically and electronically compatible with current models and are considerably more reliable and user friendly.  This project will procure and test a new model actuator onboard an Aircraft Carrier for at least six months.  A constract has been awareded to M. Rosenblatt, Inc. who will coordinate this effort.

Ecotherm Insulation.  Another MTTC project, K-Flex ECO is proposed to replace the existing Calcium Silicate in low temperature applications (<250 deg F).  The Navy desires to test another CaSi replacement, Ecotherm, for high temperatured applications (250-1000 deg F).  This project will install test sections of Ecotherm on a fleet ship and conduct extended at-sea trials on the USS RUSHMORE in early 2000.

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For additional news or information about opportunities involving technology transfer, send an e-mail Dave Goddard or give him a call at (502)367-2186.

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