In July of this year the first 60 m-long glass-reinforced plastic (g.r.p.) mine counter-measures vessel (m.c. m.v.) built for active service in the Royal Navy was launched from the yard of Vosper Thornycroft at Southampton, just 25 years after the first g.r.p. dinghy was exhibited at the Motor Show in London. In those 25 years glass reinforced polyester resin (g.r.p.) has advanced from being a crude, unproven, semi-structural material to one which today is used for the most demanding applications from ships to vehicle cabs, from cladding of prestigious buildings, to the fabrication of pipes and tanks for aggressive chemicals. The article reviews uses of the material in marine, land transport, building and chemical plant applications, as well as product characteristics and manufacturing processes.

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    Design Council

    29 Haymarket
    London SW14 4SU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Benfield, CAJ
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 878-879
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 218
    • Issue Number: 9
    • ISSN: 0013-7782

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM