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The Composites Consortium achievement award at Navy Composites Center Meeting

News International-French

30 Apr 2013

Structural Composites, Lockheed Martin, Brunswick Corporation, Zodiac Boats and SCRA Research were awarded the TCC achievement award for the team’s efforts on the Deployment of Lightweight Shock Mitigating Boat Manufacturing.

The Composites Consortium (TCC) is the primary technical resource for the Navy Center of Excellence for Composites, A Navy ManTech program. TCC members are the nation’s leading suppliers of composites to both NAVAIR and NAVSEA. The TCC Achievement award is a peer based award in recognition of outstanding contributions to advanced manufacturing technology for composites.

The team of five companies earned the award for the manufacturing technology they developed for Advanced Combatant Craft for the Navy. The craft features hull and deck structures that are 40% lighter than the current construction. Lightweight composite preform framing allows for a structure that is lighter than sandwich composite construction yet gives the toughness, durability and ease of maintenance of single skin composite.  In addition to the weight savings, the design features a suspended deck that helps mitigate shock loads due to wave impacts.  Also significant in this achievement is a design and manufacturing process that provides weight reduction without increasing manufacturing cost.

Scott Lewit, President of Structural Composites, states, “It is an honor for our team to be recognized by the composites industrial base.  We have been able to demonstrate that we can reduce weight improve fuel efficiency and improve craft performance without having a major impact on acquisition cost.   This supports the DoD’s broader mission to reduce operational costs and improve energy efficiency.  We are leveraging this same low cost technology to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of Recreational Boats, RVs, Buses and Trucks.”

Lewit continues, “I want to recognize the contribution we have received from the Navy technical community at the Combatant Craft Division of NSWC and from our team members (SCRA, Brunswick Boats, Lockheed Martin and Zodiac MilPro.) I also want to give special thanks to the State of Florida for supporting innovation and job creation through the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, which provided grant funding to enhance our federally funded effort and support our commercial deployment.”

Picture: Charlie Rowe, TCC Technical Director, presents Scott Lewit (Structural Composites) and Kush Jones (Lockheed Martin) with the TCC Achievement Award.

About Structural Composites, Inc:
Structural Composites, Inc is one of the nation’s leading composites technology development companies.  Formed in 1987, Structural Composites has a well- established track record of innovation and industry service.  The company is a fully integrated composite technology development company that provides a broad range of services to the industry. These include independent laboratory testing, manufacturing research, intellectual property development and deployment, engineering, design, applied R&D, and manufacturing.