Friday, January 23, 2015

FTV Ship Maintenance

Today for maintenance we were assigned to the paint locker. Our job was to get various painting supplies organized and ready for those who were painting the decks, holds, and other parts of the ship. 

We had to make sure all the paint rollers spun properly, were supplied with enough paint brushes, and then separated the paint for different departments – deck paint on one side and engine room paint on the other. We also got to test out our new paint can shaker! The paint locker plays an important role in maintaining the integrity of the ship as it allows all the paint for different departments to be located in one safe spot.

4/c Brandon Hitchings; Bridgewater, MA Stephen Kelleher; Bourne, MA
Jesse Noonan; Onset, MA
Painting regularly on a ship is an essential habit to get into as it preserves the surface it is being applied to and helps prevent or slow down rust and corrosion. Corrosion is the deterioration of materials by chemical interaction with their environment. The term corrosion is sometimes also applied to the breaking down and damage of plastics, concrete and wood, but generally refers to metals. There are three main components necessary for corrosion to occur: Metal (example: iron), that would be the ship, Oxygen (usually from the atmosphere) and electrolyte (usually water), in our case lots of salt water.

Try some of these activities to learn why battling rust is job one on the Kennedy.


Which Metal Corrodes the Fastest?

Countering Corrosion

The Transfer of Energy 3: Rust and Corrosion

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