New Shipboard Insulation Expected to Save Time and Money

Monday, October 06, 2008

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

Systems Command's (NAVSEA's) Engineering for Reduced Maintenance (ERM) team outlined Sept. 29 a new thermal barrier materials initiative designed to reduce maintenance expenses, improve shipboard quality of life and reduce shipboard weight.
ERM is part of NAVSEA's Naval Systems Engineering Directorate team which seeks to streamline costly and time-consuming maintenance procedures in the fleet.
Thermal barriers, the insulation on high temperature pipes and equipment, protect Sailors from serious burns and keep heat from dissipating, improving operational efficiency. Current insulation, commonly called "lagging," consists of up to six inches of a heavy, mortar-like, calcium silicate compound encased in fiberglass cloth. The brittle material damages easily, especially in high traffic spaces, and creates dust and other debris as it deteriorates. Replacing the insulation is messy and labor-intensive.
One of the new materials, said Vernon Parrish, Program Coordinator for NAVSEA's Engineering for Reduced Maintenance (ERM) Program, is high temperature densified polyimides, pre-formed rigid foam installed in a two-piece, "clam shell" sections and encased in fiberglass cloth.
The new insulation was tested, installed and evaluated by the , Carderock Division Ship Systems Engineering Station, a NAVSEA field activity.
Citing data gathered after the June installation of high temperature polyimides on the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72), Parrish projected annual maintenance savings of $5,000 per ship over 10 years. Installing the new materials throughout the fleet could save $1.3 million over 10 years.
The thermal barrier initiative is one of several programs overseen by ERM. The program explores ways to reduce shipboard material and equipment breakdowns by introducing commercially available products and technologies to the fleet or by re-engineering existing components for greater durability and efficiency.

Maritime Reporter October 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

HMAS Success Deploys to Middle East

After months of preparation, HMAS Success departed Garden Island in Sydney today for a six-month deployment to the Middle East Region to provide logistic support

USS Oscar Austin Deploys to 6th fleet

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) departed Naval Station Norfolk Nov. 21 for a deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

Steven Palazzo Visits HII, Newport

Huntington Ingalls Industries today hosted Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Palazzo represents the fourth district of Mississippi,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Pipelines Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1305 sec (8 req/sec)