Hepburn and Sons Gets NSRP Nod Insulated Bus Pipe Support

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 3, 2019

Photo courtesy of Hepburn and Sons

Photo courtesy of Hepburn and Sons

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has awarded Hepburn and Sons LLC with the Qualification Testing of Insulated Bus Pipe (IBP) for Shipboard Introduction as a follow up on the Land Based Case Study of Insulated Bus Pipe (IBP) for Ship Design. 

Hepburn and Sons LLC leads their team members including TEFELEN, AeroNav Laboratories, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, and RSL Fiber Systems in the project. Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls shipbuilding will be the supporting shipyards. American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the US Navy will provide support as certification authorities. Roxtec provides IBP penetrations for qualification testing and shipboard bulkhead emulation and integration tests, and several electrical OEMs provide technical support for integration of IBP to equipment.

IBP reduces the total cost of ships for the U.S. Navy, other national security customers, and the commercial sector. IBP has high abrasion resistance, increased survivability, and is easily replaceable. This NSRP 2019 award conducts IBP qualification testing for shipboard introduction and prototype a straight section of co-axial IBP configuration.

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