An overview is given of recent research into the use of toughened structural adhesives as a replacement for conventional welding in certain primary structures in the shipbuilding and associated marine industries. The adhesive alternative is explored through the experience gained from its application in stiffener-plate connections of thin-plated grillage structures, where a number of advantages have become apparent. Foremost among these advantages is the elimination of the thermal distortion and residual stress commonly affecting welded materials. With regard to the adhesives' time-dependent characteristics--such as durability in a marine environment, high temperature resistance, and similar long-term qualities--data is rapidly becoming available, and preliminary results are encouraging. Finally, it is shown that the benefits to be gained from using adhesives in shipbuilding are significant enough to provide the impetus for further research and development in the field.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 17p.

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  • Accession Number: 00661505
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 2002 12:00AM