For over 30 years, Dr. Tucker has been conducting research uniquely relevant to Navy needs for specialized materials and material performance in marine applications. Early on, the transition of advanced composite materials by NASA presented daunting challenges for Navy fleet applications. Dr. Tucker’s research characterizing the performance of graphite/polymer composites in seawater identified crucial issues with metals contacting this highly noble material. The success of the Composite Capsule Launching System for Tomahawk Missiles is due, in part, to the innovative solutions that evolved from Dr. Tucker’s research. Collaborating with other Scientists at NUWC, NSWC and NRL, Dr. Tucker went on to assist in identifying the cause and finding solutions to the de-bonding of protective polymer coatings from underwater cables and connecters. Further significant work, currently ongoing, includes replacing toxic heavy metals used in corrosion protection systems and for biofouling control. Most notably, the challenge to replace tri-butyl-tin oxide (TBTO) as an anti-biofoulant banned by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was met, and approved by EPA.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Pharmacy- Paramaz Avedisian ’54 Hall, 240
7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, R.I.
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