Pacific Engineering Inc. (PEI, Roca, Neb., USA) reported on July 4 that the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), PMS 400D (DDG 51 Shipbuilding Program Office) has awarded a Phase I small-business innovation research (SBIR) contract to Pacific Engineering to develop an adaptable, modular, composite shower stall for Navy ship installation.
In Phase I, PEI will demonstrate concept feasibility via material testing and analytical modeling, as well as design/cost analysis for anticipated maintenance requirements. PEI was selected by NAVSEA for its understanding of composite materials and analytical techniques, its capabilities in prototype development and testing and its specific knowledge of fire-smoke-toxicity (FST) requirements as they relate to composite structures.
"This Phase I contract builds upon our past successes in developing composite structures for the U.S. Navy and recognizes PEI’s capabilities in design and development of innovative composite structures in a timely and cost efficient manner,” states Dexter Myers, PEI vice-president. “PEI has already developed and fielded advanced composite systems such as the composite launch canister, which houses the Anti Torpedo Torpedo (ATT) on the USS Bush; and our experience and knowledge of U.S. Navy shipboard requirements will benefit us on this new project.”