|Project Number (JTEG Assigned)||NS-07-0001|
|Project Title||Submarine Vertical Launch System (VLS) Laser Cladding Repair Project|
|Command||NAVSEA / Naval Shipyards|
|Project Lead||Kurt Doehnert, SEA 04XP, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|TI Goals Supported||P-1, C-2, S-3|
|Focus Area||Coatings/Corrosion Control|
|Platform Specific||Submarine; SSN 688 Class; Vertical Launch System (VLS) Tube|
|Implemented Technology||Robotics, Laser|
The VLS weapon system on many 688 class submarines are experiencing pitting corrosion in and around the missile tube seal band area; this affects the weapons system availability during deployment and maintenance cost. The corrosion is particularly severe at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard where extensive use of brush electroplating is employed to restore the dimensional tolerances of the tubes. A brush electroplating process is used to repair both corrosion and handling damage. The process is manual, labor intensive, produces HAZMAT and is extremely costly.
In-Situ Pier-Side Repair of Submarine VLS Tubes
|Expected Result||System Installation / Site Analysis; Implementation Support; Final Report|
Benefits: Quality & Quantity
MANTECH Project #S0994;CHICAGO (SSN-721) EOH starting October 2009 is the target availability for production application on a VLS boat at PHNSY&IMF.