Shipbuilder Brødrene Aa’s new carbon fiber catamaran will take tourists on sustainable sightseeing tours through the Lysefjord in Rogaland, Norway.
Shipbuilder Brødrene Aa’s new carbon fiber catamaran will take tourists on sustainable sightseeing tours through the Lysefjord in Rogaland, Norway.

Materials specialist Diab says that a catamaran, launched in Norway, makes use of infusion carbon fiber sandwich technology due to its lightweight and durable properties.

Shipbuilder Brødrene Aa’s new carbon fiber catamaran is called Rygerdronningen and will take tourists on sustainable sightseeing tours through the Lysefjord in Rogaland, Norway. It is 37 m long, 10 m wide and has room for 297 passengers. The sandwich panels are made using Divinycell products from H60 up to H200 in 30-60 mm thickness with vacuum infusion.

Diab has been working with Brødrene Aa since 1974 and together they have developed several ships using Divinycell fiber-reinforced panels. Compared to glass fiber sandwich and aluminum, carbon fiber provides four times the rigidity of fiberglass reinforcement, as well as two to three times the tensile strength, Diab says.

This story is reprinted from material from Diab, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.