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Fibreship project evolves composite materials for marine use

Thu, 28 February, 2019

The FIBRESHIP Project has just successfully progressed through the first Project Reporting stage at a meeting held in Brussels in early February. The project consortium, comprising 18 organisations throughout Europe, has the ambitious goal of enabling the manufacture of the complete hull and superstructure of large-length (>50m) sea-going and inland ships in composite materials. The project aims to reduce the weight of such vessels and thereby reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, increase stability and lessen underwater noise. Composite materials are also immune to corrosion and offer better life-cycle performance and reduced maintenance costs.

TWI has already contributed to the vessel’s joining technology by developing a disbond-on-demand system that will facilitate recycling, and is about to begin the lifecycle analysis and exploration of non-destructive test (NDT) techniques. The project demonstrator has now been designed and will be an impressive section of a full-sized vessel, incorporating several joint systems and examples of the two composite material systems selected for the project.

We will bring you more news on this project as it develops, but in the meantime you can find out more about Fibreship here.

Fibreship cross-section
Fibreship cross-section

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