Military ships, like other vessels, are constantly exposed to a highly corrosive environment and different types of mechanical stress. This is due to the fact that many of its metallic components are exposed to the elements, salt water and galvanic effects. Protecting them against corrosion is essential.
Naval equipment also suffers from cavitation, impact, and drag, which can lead to loss of efficiency. Consequently, it can lead to loss of efficiency and even equipment failure if it has not been adequately protected. This can also happen even if it is covered with conventional coatings.
The maintenance, repair and protection measures that are carried out periodically on military ships are crucial. Keeping boats in optimal condition also serves to extend their useful life. Routine inspection and repair of military ships reduces the costs of purchasing new parts and equipment. Repairs often need to be done on a tight schedule to meet the ship’s mission deadlines.
Belzona has been involved in various repairs within the military for many years, providing on-site work on vessels while they are under construction, on active duty, or during periods of major refurbishment. Cold applied epoxy compounds or fast curing metal repair compounds. Also, Belzona’s Corrosion Resistant Coatings and Equipment Alignment Fillers not only allow for a quick repair, but also protect the equipment and boat from future damage and failure.
Examples of Belzona applications on military ships
Belzona solutions for the military navy have proven reliability and success in the repair and protection of all types of surface and support vessels, including but not limited to:
- Cruise ships
- Repair ships
- Combat support ships
Typical Problems: Severe and constant corrosion and erosion caused by contact with salt water in dock gates, overhead cranes, crawler cranes. Hydraulic and diesel hammers, dump trucks, concrete mixers, dredging equipment, fenders, bollards, steel piles and finally, multi-wheeled transport systems.
Possible Solutions: Belzona 1000 series 100% solids paste and liquid materials for metal rebuilding and protection against erosion-corrosion and abrasion. Belzona 4000 series for concrete repair and protection, repair and replacement of expansion joints.
Typical Problems: Cavitation, pitting and corrosion in keel coolers, hulls, rudders, bilges and the propulsion system (stern tube, gearbox, engine, propeller shaft). Also cracks and tears in protection moldings and fenders.
Possible Solutions: Belzona 1000 series 100% solids paste and liquid materials for metal rebuilding and protection against erosion-corrosion and abrasion. Belzona 2000 series elastomeric materials for repair and protection of metal and rubber equipment and components.
Typical Problems: Damage to concrete structures due to weathering, slippery traffic areas, roof damage, expansion joint failure, HVAC.
Possible Solutions: Belzona 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 series liquid and paste materials for weather protection and waterproofing. Reconstruction of concrete, repairs in expansion joints and highly resistant anti-slip applications on floors.
Typical Problems: First, severe pitting and corrosion in bow thrusters, bow bulbs, hulls, decks, mooring winches.
Possible Solutions: Belzona 1000 series 100% solids liquid and paste materials. Reconstruction of metals and protection against erosion-corrosion and abrasion.
Typical Problems: First, serious degradation and detachment of concrete in concrete walls, beams and slabs, caused by constant contact with seawater. Erosion-corrosion damage to dock gates, cranes and crane rails, syncrolifts and boat lift systems, bleachers and marine stranding lanes. Compressed air systems, steam pipes and gas pipes.
Possible Solutions: Belzona 1000 series 100% solids paste and liquid materials for metal rebuilding and protection against erosion-corrosion and abrasion. Also Belzona 4000 series for repair and protection of concrete, repair and replacement of expansion joints.
Typical Problems: Pitting, erosion-corrosion in collection, storage and transfer (CHT) tanks. Drinking water tanks, feed water tanks, propulsion systems, pumps, sea intakes, heat exchangers, pipes, rudders, ventilation ducts. Misalignment of crankshafts in marine engines or shafts in pumps and rotating equipment.
Possible Solutions: Belzona 1000, 5000 and 7000 series liquid and paste materials for metal rebuilding and protection against erosion-corrosion and abrasion, linings of tanks, tubes and pumps, installation and precise alignment of engine blocks and pumps, heavy duty anti-slip applications on engine room floors and other areas with heavy traffic.
Typical Problems: Corrosion due to constant contact with seawater and exposure to the elements.
Possible Solutions: Belzona 1000, 3000 and 5000 series paste and liquid materials for protection against erosion-corrosion, protection against climatic factors, waterproofing and highly resistant non-slip applications on floors.
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