Advanced Metalworking Solutions for
Naval Systems that Go in Harm's Way

Advanced Combatant Materials

Current and future Navy ships will benefit from work on this comprehensive project that is improving the performance of a variety of manufacturing materials and processes.


The objective of this project was to provide naval ship structures with improved performance and/or increased affordability.


Among the positive findings were lightweight fire insulation material that can offer equivalent fire protection to existing Navy ships at 20 to 30 percent less weight; a novel dual aluminum technology can be used to reduce life-cycle costs and stress corrosion cracking failures; unique processes using compacted titanium powders that are subsequently flowformed into piping, thereby providing a lower cost piping solution to the Navy; constitutive models that can be used to predict the structural response of ships to various loading scenarios; and fasteners that offer equivalent performance to conventional marine fasteners at a lower cost.