Development of Bulkhead and Overhead Coverings Suitable for Naval Marine Applications
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Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Abstract"U.S. Navy surface ships require coverings over bulkheads and overheads to insulate compartments and to provide noise attenuation. The currently used preferred covering is a flexible marine insulation blanket. Although the marine blanket provides adequatethermal and acoustic insulation, it is difficult to install and remove, easily damaged, difficult to repair and labor intensive to maintain. In addition, the exposed surface of the covering provides an unattractive ship interior. Texas Research InstituteAustin, Inc. proposes to develop a cost effective, lightweight, fire resistant, durable, composite bulkhead and overhead covering system that will have superior thermal insulation and acoustic attenuation properties, while allowing for easy installationand removal, and significantly reduced maintenance and repair costs. The bulkhead and overhead covering system will be constructed entirely from composite materials that will meet all U.S. Navy shipboard requirements, including fire smoke and toxicity.During Phase I the feasibility of developing a composite covering system will be demonstrated by evaluating and selecting high performance covering materials, designing and analyzing a cost-effective composite covering system design that meets all U.S.Navy shipboard requirements, fabricating limited numbers of prototype covering system components, and conducting preliminary qualification testing. In addition to immediate U.S. Navy surface
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