Confidence in aluminum's ability to perform is the result of proven Designability, Fabricability, Serviceability, Reliability, and Durability. Understanding its properties and blending them with basic engineering principles is the initial design step. New tempers, transition joints, and current fire insulation requirements are reviewed. Examples of successful design are given. Although there have been few developments in equipment and processes, fabrication has steadily progressed because of better understanding and confidence in handling it. The "Advanced Ship" programs are expected to place higher demands on the fabricator by requiring lighter, more complex structures. Pre-fabricated panel construction is offered as a possible solution. Experience has proven aluminum hulls to be serviceable, reliable, and durable. The material's basic characteristics and designs and specifications that incorporate accepted details of assembly have helped to provide top performance. Aluminum's use need not be limited to high performance craft. There are strong indications that it can be cost effective for less sophisticated craft.
- Presented at the Spring Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, April 2-4, 1973.
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers601 Pavonia Avenue
Jersey City, NJ United States 07306-2907
- Holtyn, C H
- Publication Date: 1973
- Features: References;
- Pagination: 17 p.
- TRT Terms: Aluminum; Aluminum alloys; Hulls; Materials selection; Quality control; Shipbuilding
- Uncontrolled Terms: Aluminum ships
- Old TRIS Terms: Ship construction quality control
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Materials;
- Accession Number: 00044485
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
- Report/Paper Numbers: Paper P
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: May 23 1973 12:00AM