Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP)’ Materials and Their Impact in Structural Weight' Reduction of the Vessels

Mirela Koci
University "Ismail "Qemali Vlore


The demand for large high-speed marine vehicles has been increased last years not only for luxury vessels but also for passenger/vehicle ferries. In these vessels, structural weight is of great importance; lighter weight leads to greater speeds, payloads, and/or fuel economy. Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) materials offer potential savings in structural weight and have been successfully employed in the construction of a variety of boats and small ships. However the current wet lay-up production techniques have a number of disadvantages; construction of a mould is both expensive and time-consuming, storage of the mould requires substantial space (often at a premium in modern shipyards), whilst emissions from the polymer resins during the curing process can have significant health and safety implications for the workforce. The adoption of a construction technique utilizing standard parts based on pre-formed components could reduce or even eliminate some of these disadvantages. Engineering design and 3 D modeling can prevent and addressed previously these problems. The paper present 3D simulation in Solid Work software taking advantage in weight and stress loads analyses, giving recommendation about the most effective composite materials to be used in vessels construction. Key words: composite materials, structure weight, Fiber reinforced, 3 D simulation, Solid Work


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