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FRP cuts weight of ferry’s water inlets

Four fibre-reinforced plastic sets of water jet inlet fairings for a new high-speed ferry have achieved a 40 percent weight reduction over the originally proposed aluminum block fairings. Manufactured...


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January 1, 1999 by Canadian Plastics


Four fibre-reinforced plastic sets of water jet inlet fairings for a new high-speed ferry have achieved a 40 percent weight reduction over the originally proposed aluminum block fairings. Manufactured by Chemposite Inc. (Delta, B.C.) in only eight weeks, the fairings each measure 1.5 m x 5 m.

The catamaran-style ferry began water tests last fall.

Chemposite’s Sarah Lam says the project was a challenge, with the fast turnaround coupled with the need to laminate the fibreglass parts to the aluminum body of the ferry. The fairings were produced by hand lay-up using Dow Chemical’s DERAKANE epoxy vinyl ester resins.

Dow presented Chemposite with a Fabricator Excellence Award for the project.

Dow Chemical Canada Inc.

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