Members of the Composites Engineering Group are responsible for serving as Electric Boat’s source of expertise for all issues related to fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) materials and other non-metallic materials used and proposed for use on all Navy submarine classes. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to performing finite element analyses (FEA) of current and potential FRP submarine components, assessing damage of FRP submarine components & formulating repair procedures, developing material qualification & procurement specifications, and providing support to vendors of FRP submarine components.
Other responsibilities include management and/or support of internal & external research and development (R&D) programs and Office of Naval Research (ONR) manufacturing technology (ManTech) projects, interaction with Electric Boat Program Offices, Mechanical, Structural, & Electrical Engineering and Design & Shipyard personnel as well as Newport News Shipyard (NNS) personnel.
Maintaining existing and developing new business opportunities involving FRP materials are also important responsibilities of Composites Engineering Group members. Members of the Composites Engineering Group also maintain the knowledge, understanding, and ability to: