When you need an expert in the design, manufacture and testing of large, complex composite structures for your naval fleet, look to Collins Aerospace. For more than half a century we’ve been providing this expertise to customers worldwide.
Complexity is our specialty. Past projects have included large composite structures weighing more than 50 tons and measuring more than 40 feet long. We’ve designed and manufactured numerous large, complex and advanced composite structures for the U.S. and Canadian navies, including submarine bow domes, surface ship sonar domes, composite sonar keel domes and submarine high-frequency acoustic windows.
Fabrication of a large composite structure requires expertise in handling and movement. Our facility, initially designed for the construction of 20,000-pound surface combatant sonar dome rubber windows, includes a temperature- and humidity-controlled high bay fabrication building with heavy-duty overhead cranes. Our location near the Intracoastal Waterway and St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida, is ideally suited for shipping large composite structures.
Composite structures from Collins Aerospace are designed to be low maintenance and lightweight. They can help reduce your total ownership costs through their inherent corrosion resistance and their higher fuel efficiencies of using lower weight materials.
- Pre-impregnated and resin-infused composite material systems designed and qualified for use on submarines (e.g., carbon, fiberglass)
- Either solid laminate or foam-filled core
- Large and thick, with complex curvatures
High toughness materials with low void contents designed for submerged environments