Composites in Marine
Marine standards require high material property as well as reliable and standardized product quality. Because of this, the use of composite materials in the marine industry is not easy. As a result, depending on the vehicle type, composite materials used in vessels, ships, or yachts must meet the specifications of international maritime standards.
The most known benefit of composite material is of course their weight. Composite materials can provide about half of the weight saving for the replaced metal parts. Regarding this advantage, reduced weight can provide a huge fuel saving and more cargo capacity, especially for cargo ships. Therefore, composite solutions can bring an innovative cost-effective solution to the marine industry.
If the manufacturing method and materials have been chosen properly, composite parts capable to stay strong for the predicted lifetime of the marine vehicle. Thus, this can help to reduce maintenance costs and requirements for the specific parts. Composite materials can also resist external forces and have adequate mechanical properties for the operational conditions with their high strength.
In addition to the durability, composite materials are not affected by corrosion. When considering the offshore conditions, marine vehicles such as cargo ships need to be protected from corrosion. This is mostly provided with coatings and It affects the cost and durability of the parts.
Considering the safety of the International Standards for the marine industry, safety comes first. In case of dangerous situations, Materials on the ships and marine vehicles have to be fire-resistant or have to resist fire in specific standards and times. This standard varies depending on the vehicle type. Composite materials can meet the required fire-resistant conditions and can behave like an isolator for a specified time if materials are chosen carefully.