Rapid Low Cost Application of Adhesive Tangs for Support of Shipboard Fire Protection Materials
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-180
Topic Title: Rapid Low Cost Application of Adhesive Tangs for Support of Shipboard Fire Protection Materials
Proposal No.: N082-180-0912
Firm: KaZaK Composites Incorporated
10F GIll Street
Woburn, Massachusetts 01801-1721
Contact: MIke McAleenan
Phone: (207) 371-2568
Web Site: kazakcomposites.com
Abstract: The next generation of U.S. Navy combatants is currently under design with topside structures considering composite materials. Composite topside structures will reduce weight, provide significantly reduced RCS signatures and assist the Navy to meet performance goals. Development of Navy topside structures has evolved based on prior experience which has included the design and construction of the AMES Mast, Forward Director Room (first article) and more recently the extensive research and development to qualify the design of the DDG Composite Helicopter Hangar. Several current composite programs, the design and manufacture of the DDG 1000 topside structure and NSRP's Improved Affordability for Composite Structure are working to reduce cost, weight and manufacturing complexity. An adhesive tang system that supports shipboard passive fire protection is another step to outfitting a composite topside structure. KaZaK's Phase I efforts will work with a shipyard to define system requirements, further refine/develop its proposed innovations through analysis and fire, smoke and toxicity testing (FST), while refining designs and laboratory qualification testing during Phase II. KaZaK will investigate a novel material construction that has been used with great success in other design problems that required a balance between FST requirements, adhesion and structural support at low cost.
Benefits: Commercial applications of a low cost adhesive tang support system for passive fire protection on marine vessels that conforms to shipyard and regulatory requirements would provide excellent market potential. Ensuring adhesion to a variety of bulkhead materials provides adaptation to emerging requirements and markets that will be part of the design philosophy. Commercial applications in the construction, marine, commercial/recreational boat markets could offer low cost advantages over current systems.