Volume 2, No. 3
- Maintenance Costs Plummet After NAVSEA Introduces Composite Boxes
NAVSEA researchers are turning a widespread corrosion problem into a Navy success story. And the U.S. taxpayer is benefiting most of all. In 2001, the Navy began using composite electrical boxes to replace the metallic boxes that house an aircraft carrier's electrical equipment and indicator lights. The new boxes do not corrode or require repainting, and their use rids the ship of insidious structural corrosion.
- California Underpass and Army Storage Sites Benefit from Electro-Osmotic Pulse
Using an effective technology known as electro-osmotic pulse (EOP), the Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Transportation are beating severe corrosion problems in sensitive underground storage sites and state highways. Here, the author looks at noteworthy uses of EOP technology on a California underpass and a munitions storage site at Fort A.P. Hill.
- Sensor Data Help Air Force Improve Wash-Rinse Cycles
At Patrick Air Force Base and other bases, washing and rinsing aircraft is a necessary part of maintenance and rust prevention. Such preventive maintenance, though, requires grounding the aircraft so they can be serviced. Recognizing the need to optimize an aircraft's wash-and-rinse cycle to prevent unnecessary downtime, the Air Force has begun using sensors that assess exposure to the environment. Using data from the sensors, Air Force corrosion officials hope to improve the wash-and-rinse schedules for the aircraft fleet and save on costs.