American Bureau of Shipping, Austal USA, GD-NASSCO, Old Dominion University, Penn State University Applied Research Lab, Military Sealift Command, NAVSEA
January 2022 – November 2023
INDUSTRY INVESTMENT: $459K | NSRP INVESTMENT $457K
The objective of this project is to introduce additive manufacturing (AM) capability within Military Sealift Command (MSC).
This is a technology insertion project using two specific AM applications with an attractive return on investment (ROI) case: a polymer-based AM application producing a custom hand wheel commonly used across the fleet; and a metal-based AM application producing an impeller for an aging class of pumps.
While this project will provide immediate benefits from the specific AM applications, it will lay the foundation and roadmap for expanded, high-value use of AM by shipyards and equipment manufacturers supporting the MSC fleet
KEY DELIVERABLES / BENEFITS
The project will: provide MSC and shipyards with specific, practical experience in two different applications of AM for MSC ships; document an attractive ROI for follow-on production; provide a roadmap through the qualification and approval process for future AM applications; and coordinate with NAVSEA to leverage other Navy investments in additive manufacturing.
POINT OF CONTACT: Dr. Dongchun (Mary) Qiao | American Bureau of Shipping | email@example.com