Describes the Navy Shipboard Energy Conservation R&D Program as it applies to the present Fleet. The undependability of foreign petroleum supply and rising fuel costs require the Navy to conserve on petroleum fuels. However, this presently is being accomplished largely through an undesirable decrease in Fleet underway operations. The R&D effort required to provide near-term alternatives to curtailment of operations are addressed and include: control of hull fouling by cleaning afloat; long-life anti-fouling hull coatings; shipboard machinery systems optimization; and energy conservation through operator training. The objective, approach, and status of each area are discussed. The fuel penalty imposed by hull fouling represents the single greatest potential for fuel savings in the existing Fleet. In this area a diver-operated polypropylene rotary brush cleaning method has been selected for this study, and ships have been selectively cleaned afloat and subsequently inspected in drydock. Organometallic polymer (OMP) resins have been synthesized and demonstrated to be completely anti-fouling for a period of four years. Commercial formulation of the OMP resins into MILSPEC paints is underway.

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    • ASNE Day 1976 Technical Papers.
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    American Society of Naval Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Sack, B P
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 106-116
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  • Accession Number: 00134284
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Naval Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1976 12:00AM