Press Release

NSRP Executive Control Board Awards $1.8M for 12 R&D Projects

On September 26, 2012, the NSRP Executive Control Board (ECB) selected 12 new R&D projects as part of the Program's core mission to reduce the costs associated with Navy shipbuilding and repair. The projects, totaling approximately $1.8M, will be executed through the NSRP panels.

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Title Identifying Opportunities to Reduce Grinding Labor
Panel Planning, Production Processes & Facilities
Team Newport News Shipbuilding
Award $149K

Objective

Determine if labor can be reduced by using more efficient grinding methods and/or reducing the total amount of grinding that must be done

Title Compatability of "Single Coat" Tank Coating with Retained Preconstruction Primer
Panel Surface Preparation & Coatings
Team Elzly Technologies, NASSCO, BAE SE Shipyards, Ingalls Shipbuilding
Award $149K

Objective

Expanding upon a previous panel project, continue testing and analysis of the performance of “single coat” tank coatings systems over retained pre-construction primer through a two-year period


TItle Highly Portable Video System for Limited Access Shipbuilding Welds
Panel Welding Technology
Team Visible Welding, Applied Thermal Sciences, Newport News Shipbuilding, Vigor Shipyards, Ingalls Shipbuilding
Award $150K

Objective

Develop a portable video system designed for welds in areas of the ship that have limited access, thereby eleminating the less efficient "mirror welding" practice. The system could be also be used weld inspections and on-the-job training


Title Lightweight Fillet Weld Tack-Gun for Precision Structure Fabrication
Panel Welding Technology
Team Edison Welding Institute, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Newport News Shipbuilding, Bollinger Shipyards, Electric Boat, Bath Iron Works
Award $150K
Objective Develop a lightweight, one-handed, weld shield-free, cordless tack-gun that can deposit small fillet welds on thin steel

Title DFP Rules Delivery / Technical Memory Management System for Shipyards
Panel Business Processes
Team Bollinger Shipyards, NASSCO, Emergent Systems Corporation
Award $150K

Objective

Evaluate the business impact of the formal assessment capability within the E2ks toolset for two distinct shipyard engineering environments


Title Robust Functional Paperless Paint
Panel Surface Preparation & Coatings
Team BAE Systems SE Shipyards, Marinette Marine, TruQC
Award $147K
Objective Take a commercially available, off-the-shelf software system for quality assurance paint inspection and tailor it to comply to Navy Standard Item 009-32, potentially replacing the previous paperless systems with a robust new system application

Title Customiziation of Femap FEA Preprocessor for Shipbuilder Needs
Panel Information Technologies
Team Ingalls Shipbuilding, ATA Engineering, Bath Iron Works
Award $150K
Objective Reduce the man-hours required in the Femap (modeling software) environment to augment and simplify CAD geometry, such that it is suitable for finite element mesh creation, with the goal of reducing the engineering and tool experience required to develop meshable geometry, and to implement a Femap toolbox to increase applicability to shipbuilders’ analyses

Title Removal of Metals from Shipyard Storm Water Runoff
Panel Environmental
Lead Environmental Compliance Services, Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding, BAE Systems SE Shipyards
Award $145K
Objective Determine if sponge technology can reduce cost and maintenance of removing heavy metal concentrations in storm water and comply with National Pollution Discharge Systems (NPDES) permit standards

Title Managing Simulation and Analysis Data and Activities
Panel Information Technologies
Team Electric Boat, Jotne North America, Lockheed Martin, Product Data Services
Award $150K
Objective Investigate the applicability of SimDM as a ship geometry data exchange and access format

Title Production Information Standards for Incorporating Lifting Lugs and Backup Structure
Panel Planning, Production Processes & Facilities
Team NASSCO
Award $149K
Objective Utilize the previous studies of rigging analysis and current rigging production information processes to develop best practices on integrating rigging devices into the ship design

Name Materials and Components for Exterior Electrical Connections and Sealing
Panel Electrical
Team D'Angelo Technologies (D5T), Ingalls Shipbuilding, University of Dayton Research Institute, 3M, TE Connectivity, Bollinger Shipyards
Award $150K
Objective Test materials, components, assemblies and sealants, which potentially could extend the life of exterior electrical system installations and preserve EMI (electromagnetic interference)/EMP (electromagnetic pulse) integrity

Name Standardized Welding Curriculum and Testing for Shipyards
Panel Workforce Development
Team Ingalls Shipbuilding
Award $150K
Objective Develop and pilot a standardized welding training program, based upon assessments of current welding curricula in shipyards and determining training gaps and issues

 

Additional Project Information (comprised of projects both currently being executed and completed projects):

NSRP Project Portfolio