Marine Materials

An Introduction

Featured on this page is an example of the products which we are most frequently asked to supply. As a source and supply specialist, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a specific material or application which you may require, but that you don't see represented on this 'site. Our niche is in finding and supplying the materials which others can't. 

Aluminium in Marine

Aluminium possesses many of the characteristics which lend itself well to the Marine Industry. Namely it's very light which aids manouverability, strong, corrosion resistant to both fresh and sea water, it is easy to join by bonding, welding and riveting, and is easy to form or extrude into complex shapes. As such it is used extensively in ship building, especially Aluminium-Manganese alloys in the Grade 5xxx series.

Uses

Hulls | Super structures | Masts | Winches | Scuba bottles | Stairs | Railings | Engine components | Fittings

Nickel in Marine

Nickel, its alloys and its presence in Stainless Steel are used extensively in Marine environments. The core property which makes it indispesnible is its corrosion resistance, especially in salt water. It is also very strong, including at elevated temperatures, which means it is used in desalination plants and marine cooling systems. In addition, it is also used in ship building and marine piping systems.

Uses

Hulls | Propeller shafts | Heat Exchangers | Evaporator Bodies | Tubes & Pipes for water, steam, and hydraulic fluids 

Steel in Marine

Our minds will always draw the parallels between steel and rusty bikes after being left out at the mercy of the elements. However, to use the memories of mild steels as a reason to avoid Steel's usage in the Marine Industry would be to do it a disservice. It is strong, easy to form and is easy to protect from the elements, giving years of reliable use. Indeed, it is used so exhaustively that there wouldn't be much of a marine industry without it.

Uses

Hulls | Super structures | Masts | Rigging | Fixtures | Fittings | Anchors | Marine structures including bridges & drilling platforms

Titanium in Marine

The master of all in terms of Marine industry usage, Titanium is indispensible. Lightweight, strong and corrosion resistant to freshwater, saltwater, aqeuous and gaseous solutions, there are few corners of this industry where Titanium can't be found. In addition to use on marine vessels, Titanium is used extensively in the Oil & Gas sector, where it excels in the conditions found below the sea bed, all the way to the surface.

Uses

Structural yacht fittings | Engine impellers & Turbines | Anchors | Tubes & Pipes for water, steam & hydraulic fluids | Tubes & Pipes for saline solutions

Carbon Fibre in Marine

Carbon Fibre is well suited to the Marine industry as it is lightweight, easy to form and imperveous to corrosion in marine environments. It is these characterisistics which make it an ideal material to use in yacht production, where a lighter weight makes the vessel handle better, being easier to form mean that yacht architect's complex shapes are easier to create, and will require less structural maintenence.

Uses

Boat hulls | Superstructures | Masts | Kayaks | Canoes | Paddles | Rowing boats | Oars 

Aramids in Marine

Aramids are useful in the Marine Industry because of their light weight, easy formability and puncture resistant nature.  As such, they won't be affected by the weather or climactic conditions, are strong enough not to rip in uncured form and will protect any part of the vessel which has been reinforced be it. Perhaps for obvious reasons, it is used to create fireproof barriers on ships, also.

Uses

Sails | Structural reinforcement of hulls, masts, etc. | Fireproof barriers

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