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Engineering and the Environment

Research project: RNLI Advanced Technology Partnership

Currently Active: 

Established 27th February 2001, the RNLI ATP creates an environment and culture for co-operative research and education within the RNLI and the University on subjects of common interest to the two institutions, namely maritime engineering sciences, maritime safety and maritime operations.

Project Overview

Example Projects

  • Fatigue behaviour of sandwich structures
  • Hygrothermal ageing of sandwich tee joints
  • Repair of sandwich plates and beams
  • Principles underpinning RIB design
  • Life extension of composite structures and boats
  • Behaviour of composite sandwich plates under fire

The impact of this work has been four-fold:

  • Fatigue design procedure for lifeboats
  • Repair manual for the RNLI fleet
  • Design manual for RIBs
  • Safety case format for lifeboats under extreme loads
Vulcan fire test rig

Related research groups

Fluid Structure Interactions
Atlantic 85 RIB


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