Composite materials are gaining significant relevance in different industries and sectors due to performance benefits over the traditional materials. The industry players and researchers are making substantial efforts toward innovations and product development to broaden the scope of composite materials across the industries.
Following this path traced by composites industry players and researchers, FIBRESHIP project attempts to produce a set of potential impacts in the short-term, mid-term and long-term. All the expected impacts are related to technical achievements and business opportunities for the maritime stakeholders, nevertheless, others such as socio-economic impacts are foreseen:
- Overcome the limitations of composite materials in maritime industry by proposing innovations in design, shipbuilding and life cycle management.
- Generate a new EU-market and regulatory framework to build large-length ships in FRP enabling a new sector in shipbuilding industry.
- Promote a change in the regulations to enable the construction of fibre-based vessels of large displacement and length.
- Obtain relevant advances beyond the traditional methods of fibre-based vessel design and production, allowing the exploitation of new solutions and procedures in the existing market.
- Enhance competitiveness of European shipbuilding industry and European owners and take the advantage of the existing companies which are providing solutions of composite materials to other sectors such as aeronautic, automotive and wind energy, among others.
- Maintain the European leadership position in high added-value vessel design and shipbuilding industry.
- Improvement in FRP vessels’ safety conditions owing to fire and mechanic performance studies.
- Develop long-term damage control and health monitoring systems of vessels towards the twin digital model and setting the foundations of the future 4.0 industrial revolution of the maritime sector.
- Reduce environmental impact of maritime industry fulfilling with the environmental European policies regarding Gas Emissions (Directive 2012/33/EU) and Underwater Noise Impact (Directive 2008/56/EU).
- Foster a public discussion in regulatory bodies (IMO, EMSA, Flag Administrations) and society about the possibility of using composites in large length vessels and the potential benefits for the environment due to the weight reduction.