The aim of the research is to assess the suitability of using composites (fiber reinforced plastics) for the construction of large structural components of commercial vessels. The assessment will consist on the evaluation of the composite’s performance when subjected to the loads and operating conditions proper of marine structures. New methodologies and models will be developed for simulating and evaluating the behaviour of the composite materials. The findings will be used, in part, to determine if the current regulations regarding construction with composite materials should be updated.
DET NORSKE VERITAS (Hövik, Norway),
KOCKUMS/THYSSEN-KRUPP MARINE (Karlskrona, Sweden), SP Technical Research
Institute of Sweden (Borås, Sweden) and partners in the EU-project