Outfit Attachments on Thin Plate Vessels (2005-333-R21)
- General Dynamics NASSCO
NSRP ASE Investment: $113K
This project benchmarked the outfitting practices of NASSCO, Bollinger, and Marinette Marine to produce a design guide containing an outfit strategy that allows high levels of outfit completion on thin plate scantlings. The project was able to show that a thin scantling block, with 90% outfit loading, could be lifted with some optimization of supporting structure. One radical outcome of the project was the investigation and analysis of parametrically designed foundations. These foundations can be tailored to unique applications, but all are nested, N/C cut, and formed in AH-36 steel using a common and automated fabrication process. The foundations could be used for both thin and heavy scantling vessels, and were assessed at providing potential labor and material cost reductions over legacy foundations.
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