08 January 2004
08 January 2004
Queen Elizabeth II officially christened the state-of-the-art Cunard Line’s Queen Mary II in a ceremony yesterday.
The new QM2 is 342 meters (1,138 feet) long and 71 meters (238 feet) high - as tall as a 21-story building. QM2 was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the birthplace of such famous liners as Normandie, France and Ile de France.
At 150,000 tons, QM2 is the biggest passenger vessel the world has ever seen and is praised as a return to the golden age of transatlantic voyages, a bygone era. While this 2,620-passenger ocean liner evokes a feeling of grandeur, it also projects a progressive style with contemporary amenities and technological innovations. This includes aluminum honeycomb materials from Alcore Brigantine - part of the M.C. Gill Group of Companies.
Alcore Brigantine has participated in the construction by producing about 900 partition walls for deluxe cabins balconies. These are composed of a fixed wall and a door constructed of CGH-ALPHEX Honeycomb. This commercial-grade aluminum honeycomb is ideal for a wide variety of industrial applications, as well as lightweight and energy-absorbing structures for transportation.
Alcore Brigantine conducted all design, qualification, construction and finishing work in their facility, located in Anglet, France. This included honeycomb and sandwich panels processing, and completion of edge profiles, door locks and hinges, stainless steel equipment and final painting.
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
The £50 million McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) nearing completion near Sheffield, UK, was inaugurated on 16 January.