Explosive Cutting Technologies Applied to Ship Dismantling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-04-M-0110
Agency Tracking Number: N041-099-1759
Amount: $69,962.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-099
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1006 Kingshighway, Rolla, MO, 65409
DUNS: 070329987
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Worsey
 Vice President, Loki Inco
 (573) 341-4317
Business Contact
 Jason Baird
Title: President, Loki Incorpora
Phone: (573) 341-6648
Email: jbaird@lokiconsult.com
Research Institution
In this proposal, state-of-the-art demolition techniques based on a newly patented method (US 6,530,325 B2) are applied to ship dismantling to decrease the manpower and time necessary to dismantle a naval vessel. This method utilizes the cutting and breaking capabilities of explosives to create openings in plating, thereby allowing the use of large hydraulic shears as a primary means of ship dismantling. The method has been used successfully for the scrapping of floating structures as large as 210 ft long and 35 ft wide. In addition, a suite of more conventional explosive cutting and explosive shearing techniques used in the explosives demolition industry will be evaluated for its utility in ship dismantling. These include the use of shaped charges for cutting steel support structures, and of explosive shearing charges (similar to those used in explosive bolts) for shearing large items such as shafts.

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