Standardization of Watertight Hatches and Scuttles (2018-453-018)
Ship Design & Materials Technologies Panel
HII - Ingalls Shipbuilding
NSRP ASE INVESTMENT: $127K
The current designs for Navy standard hatches and scuttles on surface ships suffer from a lack of standardization and commonality, similar to the situation found for Navy standard watertight doors prior to the execution of the NSRP Standardization of Watertight Closures Research Announcement (RA) project. The proposed solution is to apply the same standardization principles used on the doors to develop improved designs for hatches and scuttles.
The goal of this project will be to develop an improved set of drawings for a potential new family of Navy standard hatches and scuttles. The new drawings will incorporate material standardization, improved production processes, and increased part commonality. This would be a first step toward qualification testing of prototype hatches and scuttles built to the new design.