Enabling Qualification of Hybrid Structures for Lightweight and Safe Maritime Transport (QUALIFY)

WMC is partner in the INTERREG 2Seas "QUALIFY" project on certifying adhesive joints for primary maritime structures. This project is led by M2I (external link).

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Project summary

At present, there are no certification guidelines to orient the naval industry when certifying new designs using hybrid assemblies (adhesively bonded, composite to metal connections), which limits their application to secondary structures. In QUALIFY, a multi-scale testing plan will be implemented by a consortium of 11 partners, to provide reliable insights into the long-term performance of hybrid joints operating in demanding marine environments. This will ultimately enable the increased use of adhesively bonded hybrid structures in primary structures in shipbuilding, and will also generate spin-offs to other industries. WMC supports this development with material and structural experiments, where dedicated test set-ups are used for subarticle testing of representative structures with bondlines.


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