The construction of large length ships in composite materials will require the evolution of the shipbuilding sector and the adaptation of shipyards to the new necessities of manufacture procedures and building techniques. Optimum building strategies and production recommendations will be developed, giving arise guidance notes from the involved Classification Societies for an effective production strategy adaptation and life-cycle management of the fibre-based vessels, including dismantling process of them.
These new manufacture strategies and methodologies will be faced by the introduction of optimized current techniques as well as alternative ones, suitable for the production of large structural elements, for the development of modular assembly, and considering redefining production strategies, making possible the adaptation of the shipyards to manage large vessel blocks of composites.
Regarding life-cycle management, this thematic area attempts to develop new inspection, waste, monitoring and maintenance management approaches or adapt current procedures to this sort of vessels. As a monitoring and maintenance approach, it will be studied a structure health monitoring strategies able to be implemented in fibre-based vessel as long-term damage control methodology. Considering all these analysis, a global life-cycle performance assessment of FIBRESHIP solution will be carried out.
For the validation of the studies carried out and reached achievements, different experiments will be performed and a full-scale ship block will be built as a demonstrator of FIBRESHIP. The demonstrator manufacturing will lead to the qualification of processes and technologies, allowing the identification of needs and key parameters of FRP large length vessel construction, in order to look for an efficient methodology and future cost reduction.