Small ships of up to 130 ft. in length are now being constructed of sandwiched composites, taking advantage of the light weight and high strength of these materials. Various types of foam-cored panels are proliferating, but designers do not know enough about their behavior to design them to the best advantage. The fact that these are sandwiches of plastic foam bonded to metal or epoxied glass or carbon fibers makes the deformation under stress be nonlinear, unlike isotropic and homogeneous material such as steel, aluminum or wood. This article explains the difficulties and publicizes an intensive two-week tutorial being offered by Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, in Glen Cove, N.Y., to enable builders and designers to become expert in the use of software that holds the key to the successful design of cored sandwich vessels.

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  • Publication Date: 1988-11

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  • Accession Number: 00656377
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM