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Composites in Marine Applications

11
Oct
2017
PAST
United Kingdom, Southampton

The next Composites UK sector showcase event takes place on 11th October 2017 in Southampton, looking at the use of composite materials in marine applications.

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.