23 August 2016
23 August 2016
Gurit Composite Engineering congratulates ARES Shipyard on the launch of the first in a series of new patrol boats for Qatar Coastguard.
Gurit explains that it has been involved in this project right from the early design stage together with project partners BMT Nigel Gee, Naval Architects. Together they assisted ARES Shipyard, builder of the HERCULES series, to design fast patrol boats for Qatar Coast Guard for an order covering five vessels at 24m, ten boats at 34.5m and two 48m boats.
Gurit says it provided the full structural design service from developing the initial concept of the vessels to working with ARES Shipyard on providing shop floor drawings and answering questions during the approval process.
As part of the engineering design, Gurit says it also undertook finite element analysis on the composite waterjet for the 48m vessel to ensure that the intake avoids the natural frequencies from the waterjet’s impeller. The boat was engineered to naval classification requirements of Turkish Lloyds whilst meeting the strict weight targets set by BMT Nigel Gee and hard specifications imposed by ARES Shipyard, maintaining a structure that would be quick and simple to build.
Furthermore, Gurit claims that it was selected to supply Corecell M foam and epoxy resin for the built of the vessels. Gurit Corecell is designed to provide a combination of high shear strength with low density, high elongation and high temperature resistance supporting the creation of a robust structure capable of coping with the operating temperatures expected in Qatar.
Project 12 has collaborated with Total Composite Solutions (TCS), the UK partner of Microtex, on automotive OEM projects for bespoke carbon parts.
Rhodes Interform has recently completed the installation and testing of a composite forming facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), University of Sheffield, UK.
Brazilian company Dilutec has developed a complete gelcoat portfolio for shipyards, for applications ranging from the manufacture of the boat mould to small repairs of the hulls and decks.