The BONDSHIP project is a major European initiative to introduce into shipbuilding the use of adhesive bonding for joining lightweight materials. The aim is to make European shipyards more competitive by achieving considerable cost savings in the production of passenger ships and high-speed craft (~30% for a small superstructure). This will be achieved by
(a) studying the structural behaviour of bonded joints, including long-term performance in a marine environment,
(b) designing, building, testing and repairing prototypes involving superstructures of patrol craft, secondary attachments to cruise ship superstructures and load bearing connections in superstructures, and
(c) preparing guidelines for use of adhesive bonding in such applications.
The main results are guidelines for the design and modelling of bonded joints;
acceptance tests and criteria;
documented application cases and joint designs;
production and repairs procedures.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
ST5 5SP Newcastle
SO19 9RR Southampton