Advanced Metalworking Solutions for
Naval Systems that Go in Harm's Way
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Advanced Combatant Materials

Current and future Navy ships will benefit from work on this comprehensive project that is improving the performance of a variety of manufacturing materials and processes.

Objective

The objective of this project was to provide naval ship structures with improved performance and/or increased affordability.

Benefits

Among the positive findings were lightweight fire insulation material that can offer equivalent fire protection to existing Navy ships at 20 to 30 percent less weight; a novel dual aluminum technology can be used to reduce life-cycle costs and stress corrosion cracking failures; unique processes using compacted titanium powders that are subsequently flowformed into piping, thereby providing a lower cost piping solution to the Navy; constitutive models that can be used to predict the structural response of ships to various loading scenarios; and fasteners that offer equivalent performance to conventional marine fasteners at a lower cost.

Status

Completed