A cost effectiveness analysis of using alternate materials for non-skid in shipboard applications
Boenisch, Kurt P.
Cervantes, Hector A.
Clark, Andrew J.
Espe, Jesse G.
Lohrke, Erik B.
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This MBA project investigated and evaluated the cost effectiveness of using alternative materials in shipboard construction, specifically in the area of non-skid application on surface ships. This project identified the costs and benefits of different alternatives to the currently used non-skid and identified whether these alternatives would be feasible for use onboard Navy ships. The analysis indicates that the Thermion alternative shows the potential for the most significant cost savings across the Surface Fleet, while the Liquidmetal alternative also shows potential for savings compared to the current status quo. It is recommended that both the Thermion and Liquidmetal alternatives be prototyped on Navy warships to better define their costs and benefits and evaluate their suitability for use.
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