Table B.2 Polymer Uses by the Navy

M ATERIALS

P RESENT A PPLICATIONS

N EW A PPLICATIONS U NDER C ONSIDERATION

Structural

Composites

Radar domes

Rocket motor casings

Shipboard ventilation

Pump casings and impellers

Piping

Composite masts

Acoustic isolation

Ducts

Piping for fluid handling

Submarine pressure bottle

Fairwater

Elastomers

Adhesives

Sonar domes

Hoses (water and fuel)

Sealants (fuel and water tanks)

Conductive sealants (electromagnetic shielding)

Lubricants

External tiles for submarine hulls

Vibrational damping (engine and motor mounts)

Electrical insulation

Tires, belts, bushings, gaskets, seals

Binders for propellants

Foams

Protective cover for hydraulic actuators

Plastics

Deck houses

Railings

Shrapnel screens

Body armor

Insulating foams

Interior fittings

Floors

 

Nonstructural

Coatings

Anticorrosion

Antistatic

Nonskid

Signature control (stealth)

Interior lining of pipes

Fuel storage tank lining

Biocompatible coatings

Controlled drug release

Anti fouling

Drag-reducing

Films

Packaging

Biodegradable bags for trash disposal

Skin grafts

Membranes for soil

Filtering

Ultrafiltration

Textiles

Uniforms

Cushions

Bandages

Ropes

Optical fibers



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