Bureau Veritas is proud to participate in QUALIFY, a three-year research and development project funded by the European Union’s Interreg 2 Seas program.
This €3.8 million project brings together a consortium of 11 partners, all leaders in their fields, to enable the qualification of hybrid structures for lightweight and safe maritime transport.
Bureau Veritas stepped on board to help develop guidelines for the qualification of adhesively-bonded hybrid joints in primary structures for marine applications.
Creating bonds to break down barriers
There is currently a lack of certification guidelines for the maritime industry when certifying new designs using adhesively-bonded, composite-to-metal connections (hybrid assemblies). QUALIFY aims to remove the barriers preventing the application of adhesively-bonded structures in primary structures through an innovative combination of tests and techniques.
Benefits for shipbuilding – and other industries
QUALIFY aims to provide insights into the long-term performance of hybrid joints operating in demanding marine environments. Hybrid joints offer myriad advantages, including cost savings, faster manufacturing times, and increased safety due to the elimination of hot works.
Building towards QUALIFY’s goals
The QUALIFY project has three primary objectives. First, to evaluate the long-term structural performance of adhesively-bonded joints under realistic environmental conditions. Second, to develop a certification procedure for adhesively-bonded hybrid joints for marine structures. Third, to explore reliable inspection and maintenance protocols for hybrid assemblies.
Bureau Veritas offers key expertise
As a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, Bureau Veritas is involved in several ongoing R&D projects for composite materials and adhesive joints. Our experts are collaborating with QUALIFY project partners to develop rigorous guidelines needed to qualify adhesively-bonded joints in primary structures for marine applications.
Photo Credit: Damen Shipyard