Reinforced plastics offer formidable advantages for high-integrity maritime structures. However, there have been a number of 'roadblocks' preventing these materials, at least at the more engineered end of the spectrum, from fulfilling their full potential.

A primary theme of the conference was that these hindrances are progressively being addressed, while a growing track record of successful application should serve to encourage designers and manufacturers to place greater reliance on composites.

This feature was published in the July/August 2010 issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine.

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