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Laser Panel Manufacturing Program

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
70195
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-142-1832
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
APPLIED THERMAL SCIENCES
PO Box C 1861 Main St. Sanford, ME 04073
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Laser Panel Manufacturing Program
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-05-C-0139
Award Amount: $5,826,600.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR Phase II project addresses both the welding of butt joints in plate panels for ships and the manufacture of highly weight-efficient structural sandwich panels for shipbuilding applications. The Phase I project established the technical and financial viability of the Laser/Gas Metal Arc Welding (LGMAW) process to manufacture flat plate blankets ready for further stiffening. A major task in Phase II is the completion of a prototype system to be used in shipyards. In addition, Phase II activities will encompass the design and construction of a manufacturing system for lightweight sandwich panels for advanced performance in combatant and other vessels. Phase I economic analysis predicted a two-year payback for a laser-based butt welding system, and an increase to throughput of nearly 40%. Interest in the system is strong with US major shipyards, since plate butt welding is today a major cost-driver in shipbuilding. Equally, structural sandwich panels have been analyzed for a wide variety of trial applications, showing a weight advantage of up to 50% in total structural weight compared to beam-stiffened plate structures. However, prior efforts have not resulted in commercialization, due to high manufacturing costs. This project will develop methodologies leading to significant cost reductions.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Blomquist
Director, Manufacturing T
2074597777
pblomquist@appliedthermalsciences.c

Business Contact:

Colleen O'Neill
Corporate Counsel
2074597777
coneill@appliedthermalsciences.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APPLIED THERMAL SCIENCES
PO Box C 1861 Main St. Sanford, ME 04073

EIN/Tax ID: 010518328
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No