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A Framework for Evaluating Pipe Repair Technologies for CuNi Shipboard Piping Systems

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V. G. DeGiorgi, S. A. Policastro, C. R. Feng, R. W. Fonda

Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

Paper No. IMECE2016-66992, pp. V002T02A041; 11 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Advanced Manufacturing
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5052-7


A shipboard piping system can be considered analogous to the transport and distribution system of a land-based piping system. The intakes and supply pumps provide the initial uptake and head pressure while the piping system provides the distribution throughout the rest of the ship. Piping systems must not degrade or corrode due to the contained fluid but also must endure structural loadings. Interior damage can come in the form of corrosion such as pitting, general wasting away of material due to galvanic corrosion, mechanical deformations due to structural and vibrational loadings. A decision matrix based framework for evaluation using a modified Pugh Controlled Convergence technique was developed for evaluation of metallic coatings under consideration for shipboard system repairs which included mechanical and electrochemical performance characteristics. Candidate coatings for further study and additional testing requirements are identified through the process. The mechanical evaluation focuses on microstructural characterization and mechanical response. The electrochemical evaluation focuses on general corrosion and galvanic interactions between each coating and Cu0.7Ni0.3, a common piping material also often referred to as 70-30 CuNi. The outcome of the evaluation sequence is the ranking of relative merit of coatings. Results are presented which show the wide range of characteristics possible. The extension of the decision matrix to manufacturability issues will also be discussed.



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