M2i is leading the QUALIFY project
M2i is leading the QUALIFY project on certifying adhesive joints for primary maritime structures, approved by INTERREG 2Seas in August 2017. At present, there are no certification guidelines to orient the naval industry when certifying new designs using hybrid assemblies (adhesively bonded, composite to metal connections), which limits their application to secondary structures. In QUALIFY, a multi-scale testing plan will be implemented by a consortium of 11 partners, to provide reliable insights into the long-term performance of hybrid joints operating in demanding marine environments. This will ultimately enable the increased use of adhesively bonded hybrid structures in primary structures in shipbuilding, and will also generate spin-offs to other industries.
The project partners held their first meeting on the 2nd and 3rd October, at DAMEN Shipyards in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The planning of the activities was discussed in detail, and further discussions were planned with the participation of industrial players and classification societies in the consortium, to define the most suitable configuration to be tested in the project. More details about the project and its objectives can be found on the project website.