Solico engineered a full glass fibre composite wheelhouse for the new KNRM Search & Rescue lifeboat SAR NH1816.

Customer: Damen Shipyards

Search & Rescue Lifeboat

The composite design, with integrated functions, has to ensure the crew safety in all weather and sea conditions, whilst the lifeboat is being operated at maximum speeds. In this case, the comfort of the crew is the limiting factor for the maximum speed rather than the strength of the constructions. 

To verify the lifeboat strength, the heaviest load case, i.e. a roll-over, was performed at Damen Gorinchem. After successful tests carried out in December 2013, the lifeboat met the necessary standards and requirements of the customer.

Why are composites used here?

Light weight
The specific weight of composites varies between 1.5 and 2.0 compared to 2.7 to 7.8 for aluminium and steel.

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