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Seminar: Composite Materials Components for Reduced Maintenance and Total Ownership Cost

Dr. Maureen Foley
Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD)
West Bethesda, MD


The estimated total annual cost of corrosion for Department of the Navy equipment (based on FY16 data) is $8.63 billion, or 23.2 percent of the Navy's total equipment maintenance expenditure of $37.2 billion.  Since 2000, NSWCCD has been funded to develop composite materials based components for surface ships to reduce the maintenance burden due to corrosion.  This presentation will highlight the composite components that have been transitioned to the fleet (composite electrical enclosures, grating, vent screens, deck drain inserts, drain trough cover plates and MIL-PRF 24758A composite end fittings) along with recent updates to this technology.  Composite sun shields, bilge strainer plates, gauge panels as well as drip pans and stowage boxes will be presented as components that are currently under development.  Composite material based components have been shown to reduce the maintenance burden of the sailors and improve mission readiness.  In addition, composite components also tend to be lighter weight than their metallic counterparts which can be of interest to platforms that are also looking for weight savings.


Dr. Maureen Foley has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Delaware.  She has worked in the Materials and Manufacturing Technology Division at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division for over 12 years supporting composite and polymer additive manufacturing materials applications, from R&D to direct fleet support, on a wide range of platforms from small boats to Aircraft Carriers as well as Marine Corps applications.  Prior to joining NSWCCD she worked for 3 years in a small business performing materials and coatings R&D and an additional 3 years at Raytheon in support of missile programs.  Maureen is an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processing Engineering (SAMPE), North America organization.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

UT Student Union, 169

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Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE)

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