Conveyor deck covered with a layer of heat resistant paint

The third Chinese aircraft carrier, the CNS
Fujianis towed out of its drydock at China State Shipbuilding Corp’s Jiangnan Shipyard Group in Shanghai during a launching ceremony on June 17, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

CNS FujianChina’s recently unveiled aircraft carrier represents the country’s latest achievement in naval hardware construction and incorporates a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies.

Among those taking part in the massive engineering effort, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, who are renowned carrier rocket specialists, have used their expertise and skills to help build the one of the essential parts of the colossal transporter – the jet blast deflectors.

A blast deflector, or blast fence, is an indispensable component on a carrier’s flight deck as it is used to block and deflect extremely hot exhaust gases from fighter jet engines in order to avoid damage and injury.

Engineers from the Academy’s Aerospace Research Institute of Materials and Processing Technology have developed a heat-resistant paint used on CNS’s jet deflectors. liaoning and CNS shandongthe Fujian‘s two predecessors.

When design work for the new carrier began at China State Shipbuilding Corp, the institute was again invited to participate.

Ma Kangzhi, project manager for the paint coating project at the institute, said it was an honor for his team to be able to use their expertise in rockets and spacecraft to serve the country’s naval modernization campaign. .

He said the paint coat on the jet deflectors must be able to withstand searing flames and long periods of time in a marine environment.

“Our product has good heat resistance and anti-corrosion performance, can be mass-produced, and is easy to maintain and repair,” he said, adding that engineers will continue to improve the paint formula. .

The Beijing-based institute specializes in advanced materials and their processing techniques. Its technologies and products are widely used on Chinese spacecraft, carrier rockets and satellites.

China’s third aircraft carrier, the Fujian was unveiled June 17 in Shanghai while being towed out of its drydock at China State Shipbuilding Corp’s Jiangnan shipyard.

When completed, the gigantic vessel will displace over 80,000 metric tons of water, making it the largest and most powerful warship ever built by an Asian nation, and also one of the largest ships in war in the world.

In the next phase, the aircraft carrier will undergo docking and sea trials to thoroughly test its overall capabilities and specific equipment, the Chinese military said.

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