Composite Shipboard Ladder (CSL)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-04-C-4182
Agency Tracking Number: N041-042-1453
Amount: $69,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-042
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
32 Cummings Park, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 884348756
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerome Fanucci
 (781) 932-5667
Business Contact
 Jerome Fanucci
Title: President
Phone: (781) 932-5667
Research Institution
The Composite Shipboard Ladder (CSL) provides both weight saving and fire resistance for ship Inclined Ladder applications. Composites are used on Navy ship structure like DDX and a significant fire performance database has been developed on these materials. CSL fire resistance is achieved through an innovative construction demonstrated under the Navy Hatch retrofit program. Stringers and treads are made by Pultrusion, the lowest cost manufacturing process for structural composites. Pultrusion continuously produces constant section lineal shapes and is ideally suited to making tread and stringer parts. Two major shipyards have agreed to participate in the program. After detail requirements are defined, design, structural analysis, thermal (fire) analysis, weight estimate and production cost estimates shall be performed. Specific design performance will be a trade between weight and fire survival time. Test panels representative of the tread and stringer construction shall be fabricated for fire testing per UL-1709. Panel stiffness and thermal profile shall be monitored on loaded test articles as fire exposure progresses to determine the useable life of the part in fire conditions. This precious time can substantially enhance crew survivability.

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