Robotic Process for Installing Hull Inserts
The Office of Naval Research ManTech recently awarded the automation-focused “Robotic Process for Installing Hull Inserts” project to General Dynamics-Electric Boat to improve the hull insert installation processes for the VIRGINIA and COLUMBIA Class Submarines that increases weld quality and reduces production man-hours.
High Speed Rotating Welding Arc Process
The Office of Naval Research ManTech recently awarded the “High Speed Rotating Welding Arc Process” project to the ATI-managed Center for Naval Metalworking. The General Dynamics Electric Boat and Bath Iron Works shipyards are working a combined VIRGINIA Class Submarine and ARLEIGH BURKE Class Destroyer initiative to assess the feasibility of the SpinArc® welding technology for platform weld joints, conducting testing to determine the viability of the process in their respective shipyard environment.
Alternate Leak Detection Methods (Complete)
CNM teams with Huntington Ingalls Industries – Ingalls Shipbuilding to evaluate candidate nondestructive testing (NDT) methods as alternatives for soap bubble leak detection on DDG-51 Class ships.