Naval Group and Australian UNSW University have demonstrated a lightweight ship mast on which Radar and other sensitive material can be installed significantly cutting down on overall ship weight.
"Naval Group Pacific and ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) at UNSW Sydney, have demonstrated the structural applications of of a carbon composite material embedded with fibre optics in marine vessels," Naval Group said in a statement Thursday.
The test was designed to determine how a composite embedded with fibre optics could be used in the masts of marine vessels that may house vital equipment such as radars and periscopes.
The use of composites can decrease the weight of the mast, which in turn can reduce the vessel’s overall weight due to a lighter counterbalance being required. By applying fibre optics that allow for structural health monitoring (SHM), it is possible to save vital maintenance time and resources over the lifetime of any vessel to which it is applied.
Over the course of 5 days, AMAC and Naval Group successfully demonstrated how the composite embedded with fibre optic sensors can be used to assess the performance under mechanical loads.
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