DTU gets 5.1 million for ship development
DTU Mechanical Engineering , DTU Civil Engineering and DBI has received a grant of 5,090,000 kroner from the Danish Maritime Authority Maritime Conversion Group and the Danish Maritime Fund to develop a new superstructure construction of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials for ships in the research project COMPASS .
Associate Professor Christian Berggreen is the head of the project at DTU Mechanical Engineering. It will demonstrate that it is possible to build a cheap and fireproof lightweight construction for superstructures on passenger ships to replace the existing superstructure of steel, which is used today.
COMPASS stands for: composite superstructures for large passenger ships.
When it is possible to replace the existing heavy steel superstructures with new lightweight composite superstructures, then there will be big fuel savings to be made and thus large gains for the environment and climate.
The project is conducted in cooperation with Scandlines, providing drawings for passenger ships Prince Richard and Princess Benedikte available in conjunction with a re-design of these ships' superstructures .
Fire safety is a high priority at sea. That is the reason that so far have not been possible to work with materials other than steel superstructures on passenger ships in international waters. The project made extensive testing of fire safety of the new lightweight structures.
Now the international safety rules for ships has opened up the use of materials other than steel , if the fire safety is the same. In 2002 the new rules were issued by the International Maritime Organization, in the form of a set of rules to approve alternative or new construction types for passenger ships.
Although already in 1960 building fiberglass based private vessels and military patrol boats was started, then it is only with the new rules from 2002 that it is possible to build ships for unlimited international navigation.
No Danish yards offer to build or reconstruct the larger vessels in steel with lightweight composite solutions, even if the new rules have been in force since 2002 and has allowed it. The COMPASS project will demonstrate that it is possible for a yard to offer conversions of ships, which replaces steel with composites in the superstructure at competitive prices and supply conditions.
The COMPASS project is aiming for a significant reduction of emissions, including CO2. The project opens up to solutions that will yield significant fuel savings and therefore have great potential to relieve the environment and climate. COMPASS follows, then up at the government's Growth Plan for the Blue Denmark, where the construction of ships in lightweight materials just mentioned as an area with potential for growth and relief of the environment.
Source: DTU/Maritime Denmark