22 April 2004
22 April 2004
The AEWC have received two new federal grants totalling $2.36 million from the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) to focus on redesigning the high-speed Mark V Patrol Craft and the reliability of fibre-reinforced composite ship components.
Engineers in the University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Centre will be working with the U.S. Navy and Maine businesses to improve ship building technologies.
Researchers will focus on improving the Mark V’s seaworthiness. “The Mark V has developed a reputation for a very rough ride. It affects the performance of the SEAL teams and boat crews,” says Robert Lindyberg, manager of technical services for AEWC. Working with Hodgdon Yachts of East Boothbay, Maine, Lindyberg and other UMaine engineers will design and build a prototype that meets the Navy’s needs with improved handling characteristics.
In the second project, engineers will study composite material manufacturing processes. Navy tests have revealed significant differences among similar composites produced by different manufacturers. The research goal is to determine why such differences occur and how manufacturers can consistently produce reliable materials for ship construction, says Habib Dagher, AEWC director.
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.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.
Solvay and deBotech have announced a partnership with USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USABS), the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the US.