Exploring the: Marine Composites Zone
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Styrene-free resins: More than emissions reduction
Since the first introductions of low- and no-styrene resins, the emphasis has shifted from mere compliance to comparable — or better — performance.
Boat propellers with replaceable, interchangeable blades
Long glass fiber-reinforced polyamide makes this modular propeller tough enough for a challenging application, eliminating costly prop repair.
Alternative precursor R&D: Lignin in the lightweighting limelight
This abundant, renewable resource shows promise as an alternative to PAN for low-cost, functional carbon fibers.
World’s largest center console with single-skin hull
Navy RHIB concept goes commercial in the new HydraSports Custom Sueños high-performance offshore fishing boat.
Volvo 65: Identical and optimal composite spars and rigging
“One design” concept takes the boat out of the yacht-racing equation, pitting teams against the wind, sea … and each other.
Composite pontoons undergird update of 1820s-vintage floating bridge
Modular composite flotation system triples potential lifespan of New England town’s signature single-lane auto/pedestrian timber bridge.
Composites upgrade marine infrastructure
All-composite docks best concrete in cost and time and aim toward future fastener-less construction for greater savings and sustainability.
Dark knights: Sleek trimarans surveil the seas
Epoxy-infused patrol boats outperform less nimble and more costly conventional naval craft.
GFRP enables first grid-connected U.S. floating wind turbine
Composite tower on 1:8-scale system reduces hull size/weight and helps mitigate the overall cost of electric power generation.
Semipermeables: Next trend in infusion?
These liquid-blocking membranes promise molders better properties, less waste and reduced risk.