PLASTIC MAKES A PERFECT SHIP

The world's largest warship built of glass fibre reinforced plastic is due to be launched next week at Vosper Thornycroft's Woolston yard in Southampton. HMS Brecon, the first of the Royal Navy's Hunt-class anti-mine vessels, is 60 m long and displaces 625 tonnes. The plastic used is BP Chemicals's Cellobond isophthalic polyester resin reinforced by 800 g/sq m fibre and made up into a single-skin laminate. Trials have shown that maintenance costs of a GRP hull are only one-fifth those of its wooden or steel equivalent. The resin is able to withstand high temperatures without distortion and absorbs only a small amount of water in service. Because it is non-magnetic, glass fibre is especially suited to antimine vessels. An unexpected bonus is the complete absence of leaks, allowing the ship's bottom to be used for storage.

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    IPC Magazine Limited

    King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LS,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-6-15

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  • Pagination: p. 748
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 78
    • Issue Number: 1107
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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  • Accession Number: 00179403
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: IPC Magazine Limited
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM