KaZaK Composites, Inc., a premier provider of high value-added composite engineering and design, today announced it has designed a composite power transmission shaft that drastically reduces the overall weight of each shaft without compromising the performance of the component.
With existing shafts constructed of steel and weighing between 90 and 290 pounds depending on the configuration, the Navy is looking for a solution that will allow for increased payload on its existing ACVs, the LCAC and future ACVs such as the SSC.
"KaZaK’s composite transmission shafting offers significant weight reduction over its steel counterpart," said John Schickling, EVP/COO of KaZaK Composites. "The composite design will not corrode like steel, reducing maintenance costs by removing the need to repaint and replace the shafting. Additionally, the shaft reinforcement and matrix materials are designed to attenuate vibration loads, reducing vibrational stress on the power train which increases the operational life of some power train equipment, further reducing maintenance costs."
Additional information on the Composite Power Transmission Shaft will be presented at the 2010 Navy Opportunity Forum at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm in Washington Room B.