This paper surveys the use of materials other than mild steel for ship structures. Brief reference is made to the use of mild steel in ship structures and the reasons for the possible use of alternative materials are discussed. Attention is directed to four alternatives: higher tensile steel, aluminium alloys, glass reinforced plastics and reinforced concrete. Various aspects of design in these materials are considered. The problems of buckling, deflection and vibration are dealt with. Attention is drawn to such matters as fire risk and thermal stresses in structures which are important for some of the materials considered. Reference is made to the economic aspects of the use of alternative materials to mild steel in ships' structures. The influence of certain materials on methods of construction is considered briefly. Some general conclusions are drawn.

  • Corporate Authors:

    North East Coast Inst of Engineers & Shipbuilders

    Bolbec Hall, Westgate Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Muckle, W
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

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  • Accession Number: 00149634
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: North East Coast Institution of Eng & Shipbuilders
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1977 12:00AM