According to feedback from Military Sealift Command Port Engineer, Michael Zirpolo, the acquisition cost for a full shipset of thirty-eight new FRP composite louvers for the USN Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-12) was comparable to one maintenance cycle for half a shipset of painted steel louvers. An analysis of full shipset installation and multi-year operating maintenance costs presents an even more compelling argument for FRP composites. This review shows a balance of initial cost of goods for FRP louvers versus a much higher lifetime cost of maintenance for steel louvers with a payback period of less than 5 years.
Considering a 20-year operating lifetime and a shipset of thirty T-AKE class louvers of varying sizes, the following assumptions were made:
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