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Clemson-Affiliated Composites Centre Receives Naval Research Funding

03 February 2006

A new contract, worth up to $150 million, calls for lighter, less expensive military technology from the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC), which is affiliated with Clemson University and operated by South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA).

The SCRA and Applied Research and Development Institute (ARDI), located in the Clemson Research Park, have signed the contract funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) that calls for an additional five years of service to the Navy. The contract requires advanced materials and manufacturing technologies development and technology transfer. The new technology will improve modern military aircraft, ships, submarines, land vehicles and associated weapons and missiles.

The SCRA will administer the contract through ARDI at Clemson, an organization that manages solutions for materials and technology between industries, universities and government agencies. The partnership moves Clemson University research to the marketplace.

The CMTC earned the 2005 Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Achievement Award from the U.S. ONR. The award recognizes the composite-to-steel joint development for the next generation Navy destroyer known as DD(X). This state-of-the-art ship features an all-composite deckhouse joined to a steel hull with adhesive rather than traditional bolts. The revolutionary bonded joint technology improves performance and increases survivability while reducing costs.

“This contract will allow ARDI to address these issues of excessive weight and cost while improving performance,” said Henry Watson, Clemson faculty member, ARDI director and SCRA vice president.






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