Greenprop Composite Propeller

Solico engineered and delivered a high tech composite propeller for project “Greenprop”. This unique propeller postpones the phenomenon of cavitation due to its higher flexibility and torsion-bending coupling. The bonding of the composite propeller to the metal hub was particularly challenging because of the high cycle fatigue loads. The propeller was successfully tested in late 2017. The potential of this propeller lies in higher speeds and lower noise emission levels.

TU Delft, Royal Dutch Navy
Chemical/corrosion resistance

Composite materials are resistant to a lot of chemical products such as acids, hydroxides, crude oil, etc. Corrosion resistance against salt and seawater is excellent.

Freedom of geometry

Double curved shapes are easily produced in composite materials at almost no extra cost. For production of limited series the relatively low moulding costs are an additional benefit.

Low maintenance

Steel structures typically require periodic maintenance such as conservation and paint systems to prevent corrosion. Composites are not susceptible to corrosion resulting in lower Life-cycle costs.


The non-magnetic properties of glassfiber reinforced composites are a major advantage especially in sonar and radar applications.

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