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Vessels produced from entirely Russian composite material to appear in 2017

In 2016, Sredne-Nevsky shipyard plans to completely replace import composite materials with domestic ones in order to manufacture the composite hulls using vacuum infusion technique. Transition to the Russian producers’ materials is carried out in the framework of the import substitution program and consists of several stages.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

The first stage involves a move to domestic composite fabrics, fillers, resins and the adaptation of the production process. The second stage deals with the selection of auxiliary materials such as a vacuum film, a sealing cord and an infusion mesh.

Representatives of research centers including the Krylov State Research Center helped the manufacturers to select materials that meet the requirements of shipbuilders to the full extent. According to Vladimir Seredoho, director of the shipyard, it will take no more than two years to shift the production process to domestic materials, and the final product is supposed to meet international standards.

Goods and services will be purchased from small and medium-sized enterprises, in accordance with the Federal Law “On Procurement of Goods, Works, and Services by Certain Legal Entities.”

Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard has substantial experience in building composite ships. The first fiberglass trawler came off the stocks in 1967. Advances in technology facilitated a transition from old hand lay-up method to vacuum infusion and RTM Light. It has resulted in improved product quality, increased structure’s resistance to water ingress, and resistance to winter conditions.

Companies: Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard

Technologies: RTM

Terms: Composite materials

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