The Author traces the history and development of ferrocement and of reinforced and prestressed concrete as hull materials for a wide range of floating structures. The distinct characteristics of shipbuilding concrete in terms of materials properties, design, construction techniques, hull shape, size, and weight are critically examined in relation to cargoes carried, special uses, and short and long term operational behaviour. Experience of concrete hulls indicates two major areas for closer examination and caution in design--impact behavior and weight. Impact resistance can be improved at extra cost, but the naval architect must move to shapes more able to resist the complex stresses at sea and use higher strength and lower density concrete, if concrete ships are to compete operationally with steel vessels. An extensive list of references in included. Order from: BSRA as No. 47,918.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From Concrete Afloat, Proceedings of Conference on Concrete Ships and Floating Structures organized by the the Concrete Society and the R.I.N.A., London, March 3-4, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Royal Institution of Naval Architects, England

    10 Upper Belgrave Street
    London SW1X 8BQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Morgan, R G
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00174232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2001 12:00AM