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Composites Case Studies

Below you will find articles and case studies on different GRP and FRP operation carried out at Composite Mouldings. Ideal research material if you are interested in the composites industry. If you require any further information or advice please do not hesitate to contact our technical team who will be happy to help.

GRP Mouldings 15M HMS Patrol Boat for Holyhead Marine

GRP Mouldings 15M HMS Patrol Boat for Holyhead Marine

DESCRIPTION 

New Generation Police boat built for patrol and escort duties

CONSTRUCTION METHOD 

Wet lay-up and vacuum bag techniques

DATE OF PROJECT 

Ongoing

REASON FOR PROJECT 

This vessel is a new generation of MOD police boats built for patrol and escort duties around three major UK naval bases. Holyhead Marine employed CML to build all the GRP Mouldings which are then delivered to Holyhead, joined, for fit out.

OUTCOME 

The job is inspected by Lloyds Register on a weekly basis and is also weight controlled i.e. all materials are weighed on and off the job. This is now a standard procedure at CML. 

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Recycled Pram Dinghy Shell

Recycled Pram Dinghy Shell

**Due to the popularity of this project the mould ended up having wear and tear damage that was not feasable to repair.CML no longer manufacture dinghy shells. Please use this article as a case study only.**


A competitively priced pram dinghy shell built entirely from waste material generated from the building of larger vessels by Composite Mouldings. The concept turned out to be a great success and received local and national press coverage.

As a result there was a large demand for the dinghies and completely eradicated any raw material waste being thrown away. The company not only saw an increase in sales from manufacturing and selling the dinghies but also their monthly waste bill was reduced dramatically.

The company was throwing away large amounts of raw material left over from their manufacturing process. This was not only financially negative because of the cost involved in the material being thrown away but there were also the waste carrier’s collection charges to pay! The company employees had a brainstorming session and it was decided something should be made out of all this redundant material.

An 8ft pram dinghy mould was created which the company now use to build dinghy shells made entirely from material otherwise destined for the bin! Composite Mouldings provided the shells, with a lip for seats already built in.

A great DIY project that could then have been finished off simply for around £50 or turned into a real luxury tender. The main thing is that raw material is not being thrown away and the buyer gets a dinghy for a fraction of the retail cost. 

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1:25 Scale Container Ship

1:25 Scale Container Ship

DESCRIPTION

This 1:25 Scale Model of a 13,300 TEU vessel which has an overall length of 365m is a representation of all large modern container ships. It is 14.62metres long and weighs 12.5 tonnes. 

CONSTRUCTION METHOD 

High quality plywood construction with epoxy and e-glass sheathing. 

DATE OF PROJECT 

August 2012 – May 2013 

REASON FOR PROJECT 

Built for the provision of specialised ship handling training and assessment for pilots, masters and senior officers

OUTCOME 

The project is a great success and has attracted local and national media coverage. A positive and productive working relationship has been established and CML are already looking into future projects with the client.

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Shemara Refit LLP

Shemara Refit LLP

DESCRIPTION

Provision of Funnel, Dorade vents and Splash pool for the Refit of the 65M classic motor vessel Shemara.

CONSTRUCTION METHOD

MDF Plugs, Polyester moulds and Vinylester mouldings.

DATE OF PROJECT

April 2013 – April 2014 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS 

Due to modern engines the vessel no longer required the funnel for its original purpose. This space was being utilised for radar equipment. The laminate had to be engineered and tested to ensure signals could still transmit from within the funnel. 

OUTCOME 

The vessel was successfully launched on Monday the 14th of April.

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Tug for Environmental Agency

Tug for Environmental Agency

DESCRIPTION 

Turn key all in one plug and play wheel houses built for the Environmental Agency for operating along canals and waterways. Originially developed years ago with design support offered by CML during the development phases. 

CONSTRUCTION METHOD MDF Mouldings

 and all minor mouldings involved produced in polyester and fitted out with consoles,electrics and amenities.

DATE OF PROJECT  

May 2015 – June 2015 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS 

For the purpose of plug and play operation it was required to bring all the electrics into one connection use the power from the tugs power supply. Weight of the wheelhouse and quality were also paid special attention.

OUTCOME 

The mouldings were of a high accuracy to fit the assemblies together. and came to be of a highly succesful operation.

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