ALUMINUM IN SHIP AND BOAT BUILDING
Following a comparison of the mechanical properties of various marine aluminum alloys with those of steel, the Author discusses some general design considerations. Examples are given of the use of extrusions to reduce the amount of welding and fitup time. Methods of cutting and working aluminum are briefly reviewed. The introduction of plasma arc cutting has resulted in significant savings in time and cost. For most shipyard applications MIG-welding is used. The main features of the various equipments available are compared. Problems of distortion can be overcome by careful construction methods. In general, correction is better achieved by additional welding than by flame heating. Finally, it is emphasised that, in order to obtain the maximum advantage from the use of aluminum, it is better to start from first principles rather than to develop procedures from equivalent steel practice. See also Abstract No. 33, 285 (Nov. 1972).
- International Conference on Structural Design and Fabrication in Shipbuilding, London, 18-20 Nov. 1975.
Welding InstituteAbingdon Hall
Cambridge CB1 6AL, England
- Allday, W J
- Publication Date: 1975-11
- Pagination: 10 p.
- TRT Terms: Aluminum; Aluminum alloys; Hulls; Shipbuilding; Welding
- Uncontrolled Terms: Aluminum ships; Aluminum welding
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Materials;
- Accession Number: 00148475
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
- Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 1
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 23 1977 12:00AM