The current trend is to use more and more multi-material solutions in the ship and maritime structures sector. This means, that a variety of appropriate joining methods are needed. Standardised joining methods, like FAUSST, have the goal to use easily use Fibre Reinforced Structures within the harsh maritime environment.
To laminate and to weld, both are manufacturing processes that have been approved by the class societies for years. FAUSST is a hybrid fabric with a metallic and non-metallic part. Tailored knitted fabrics made out of steel and e.g. glass fibres permit the construction of a laminate, that can be welded on one side. FAUSST is a ready to use constructive element, that integrates into the fibre reinforced part a steel sheet that can be easily welded to the ship structures!
What differentiates FAUSST?
Overlaminating of steel sheets in Fibre Reinforced Materials is a consolidated technique. However, what also is well-known, is the moderate achievable mechanical performance. FAUSST uses a hybrid fabric achieving a mechanical joint between the two material families. In this way loads are naturally transferred via the fibres leading to a higher mechanical performance.
Enter the first step of the FAUSST development: The Hybrid Fabrics are the basis for the connection. Push the button for more information.
Welding the Hybrid Fabrics to the steel forms the FAUSST connector. A semi-finished product ready to be integrated in the lamination process of FRP parts.
Learn more about the Test & Trials we perform with FAUSST. From tensile to fatigue testing; FAUSST has to withstand the harsh testing procedure for maritme application.