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11 October 2017, Southampton

Composites in Marine Applications

Composites UK has launched its next sector showcase event, this time on the topic of fibre reinforced polymer composites in the marine industry. © Composites UKComposites UK has launched its next sector showcase event, this time on the topic of fibre reinforced polymer composites in the marine industry.

Fibre-reinforced polymer composites (FRPs) have been used successfully in marine applications for several decades in areas such as radomes and mass structures, super yachts, work boats and leisure craft. More recently FRPs have been used in less well-known applications such as bearings, propellers, commercial hatch covers, exhausts and topside structures.

The use of glass-fibre composites (GRP) in marine applications was one of the first significant areas of GRP use. It has revolutionised the capability to design and manufacture large composite structures in several sectors. Vessels are made in the UK by a variety of processes, including hand-lay GRP, resin-infusion, thermoplastics and high-performance carbon fibre prepreg for racing yachts.

Topics covered by this event (but not limited to):

  • Opportunities and challenges for composites in marine applications.
  • Technology transfer from other industries.
  • Composites recycling
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Repair
  • Regulations and standards in the marine industry
  • Case studies

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