Distortion Control "Tool Box" for Lightweight Ship Structures (2012-431)
- Bollinger Shipyards
- Vigor Industrial
- BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards
- Ingalls Shipbuilding
- Edison Welding Institute
- Hepinstall Consulting Group
- Victoria Dlugokecki
- Gatekey Engineering
April 2011 - April 2013
NSRP ASE Investment: $1.0M
Industry Investment: $1.0M
To identify, evaluate, demonstrate and formalize “Best Practice” methods, processes, and tools that minimize distortion in typical light-weight ship structures and components. The results can be used to improve the ship construction and fabrication capabilities for U.S. shipyards.
The technical approach of this project was designed to provide multidimensional distortion control solutions based on real-world shipbuilding scenarios, and lead the team through a series of tasks whereby, the team selected, filtered, combined, and sequenced a set of distortion control solutions targeted to minimize the full effect of distortion. Visual distortion standards were developed for shipyards to properly diagnose the specific causes of distortion, and to enable the accurate selection of prescribed solutions.
This project enables the widespread shipyard adoption of distortion control best practices specific to the fabrication and assembly of lightweight ship structures. The participating shipyards have demonstrated evidence of improved construction and handling methods through the implementation and measurement of distortion control technologies across the fabrication and assembly process.
Request Final Report from NSRP – Limited Distribution authorized to U.S. shipyards and NSRP ASE Program representatives
Point of Contact:
Brent Tompkins, Bollinger Shipyards