In order for shipyards to become competitive, the design and production methods involved in ship building need to become more competitive. The BONDSHIP project focused on the use of adhesive bonding for joining lightweight materials. The adoption of this method in the production of passenger ships and high-speed craft is expected to lead to considerable savings for the industry by reducing building time and costs. The project has placed emphasis on developing design and manufacturing guidelines and preparing joint test results. One of the key application cases that were developed include patrol vessel superstructures in aluminium alloy and composite materials. Others involve secondary attachments to cruise ship superstructures which have a mainly aesthetic function and load-bearing adhesive joints in superstructures. All the stake holders in the shipbuilding industry were involved in the BONDSHIP project, namely designers, shipbuilders, materials suppliers, material experts, ship owner and operator. Within this project a team of researchers have made it their aim to bring the subject of adhesive bonding to the attention of a wider audience. They aim to do this by preparing a special issue of the "Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment". The issue was made up of a number of articles written by the project members, displaying their results. In addition however, a number of recognised experts that are not part of the project also contributed, therefore raising the profile of the issue.
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3 September 2020