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Materials Onboard: Steel Advancements and Integrated Composites

Objective

The proposal aims to investigate two novel ideas concerning ship structures. First the introduction of High Strength Low Alloyed Steels (HSLA) in specific structural details in order to deal with the major issue of crack initiation and propagation in critical areas of ships and second the replacement of specific structural parts of the ship with composite materials. Regarding the use of HSLA steels, it has been well documented that today’s merchant ships are prone to crack initiation and propagation in stress concentration areas mostly due to fatigue loads.
In this respect it is envisaged to replace Grade A or AH steels by HSLA steels with high toughness properties in specific areas of the ship structure, thereby reducing the risk of cracks developing in stress concentration areas. Concerning the use of composite materials, it is envisaged that they could replace parts of the steel structure, such as superstructures, piping and other non-critical parts. Composite materials can replace steel in certain parts of the ship thereby reducing weight and corrosion effects, without sacrificing structural integrity.
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Coordinator

CETENA S.p.A. Centro per gli Studi di Tecnica Navale

Address

Via Ippolito D'Aste 5
16121 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 358 140

Administrative Contact

Carlo Cau (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 426 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 333 628

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 385 618

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 408 400

FINCANTIERI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 174 125

ALVEUS DOO ZA SAVJETOVANJE I INZENJERING

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 244 372

LLOYD'S REGISTER EMEA IPS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 68 872

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 263 020

Estaleiros Navais de Peniche, S.A.

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 152 140

DANAOS SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 45 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314037

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2012

  • End date

    31 August 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 996 280,44

  • EU contribution

    € 2 859 690

Coordinated by:

CETENA S.p.A. Centro per gli Studi di Tecnica Navale

Italy

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