Lightweight Design worldwide

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 14–19 | Cite as

Connection element for composite and steel structures

  • Rafael Luterbacher
  • Lars Molter
Cover Story Multi-Material Design

Traditionally, the shipbuilding industry is focused on steel. However, there is also a trend towards lightweight and material substitution in order to increase cargo load and decrease fuel consumption. However, special requirements exist in regard to joining technology. The Center of Maritime Technologies and the SLV Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have developed a novel connection for shipbuilding.

Aeronautics Lead the Way

Lightweight design of moving structures combines numerous advantages: The lower the structural mass that has to be accelerated and transported, the lower the fuel consumption, the lower the transportation costs and the better the carbon footprint. In some application cases, the goal of lightweight design is a performance improvement, such as an increased payload or a greater range. In addition, the knock-on effects of weight reduction are not negligible. A lower structural weight can lead to smaller motors, which in turn can lead to further weight reductions. Two different...



The authors would like to thank the German “Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF)” for funding this project (18785 BG); the project partner Schweißtechnische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt (SLV) Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Halle for the welding and testing of the specimen; the company Fritz Moll for the support in designing, developing and manufaturing the Fausst fabric; the company Comez International for the knitting of the fabric; the Meyer Werft, Fraunhofer IGP from Rostock as well as Saertex for the support during specimen fabrication and the other members of the project committee for their valuable input.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Luterbacher
    • 1
  • Lars Molter
    • 1
  1. 1.Center of Maritime Technologies e. V.HamburgGermany

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