Engineering and the Environment

Research project: RNLI Advanced Technology Partnership

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.

Currently Active: Yes

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

Vulcan fire test rig

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