3D printing process is performed by cutting virtual objects in 2D slices and printing the real one slice by slice. This technology helps construct real objects from virtual 3D objects.
FREMONT, CA: The shipbuilding sector is transforming at a fast pace leveraging advanced technologies to solve the challenges like environmental pollution, increasing fuel costs, and much more. With the help of R&D activities, the shipping industry has developed prospective innovative technologies.
Here are five technologies that can transform the future of shipbuilding:
Ballast free ship design reduces the problem of ballast water disposal, releasing non-native species, and creating ecological problems.
This design has a network of longitudinal pipes from bow to stern in a ship's hull, allowing a continuous flow of local seawater to prevent the transfer of contaminated water. Although this technology is still under development stage and experimental, this design will be the future of shipbuilding if successful.
Buckypaper is a thin sheet made up of carbon nanotubes (CNT), and each CNT is 50,000 thinner than a human hair.
Unlike conventional shipbuilding material, buckypaper is 1/10th the weight of steel but possibly 500 times stronger in strength and twice as hard compared to a diamond when its sheets are compiled to form a composite.
The vessel built from this lighter material would need less fuel, increase energy efficiency, and prevent fire on ships as it is corrosion resistant and flame.
The shipbuilding sector is embracing robotics to boost efficiency and prevent workers from performing dangerous tasks like welding.
It was first designed to wield in shipyards, but inspection and pipe cleaning robots are also now available. Additionally, the spider robot anonymously crawls over the vessel's surface and prepares the surface for painting by blasting off the rust and other pollutants.
3-D Printing Technology:
The 3D printing process is performed by cutting virtual objects in 2D slices and printing the real one slice by slice. This technology helps construct real objects from virtual 3D objects. Today, it is used in industries to develop small structures, scientific equipment, and models for different applications. And potentials of implementing 3D printers to replace the ship's part for repairing purposes is being examined.
LNG Fueled Engines:
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is an alternate fuel for ships because it is environmentally friendly. In the LNG engines, CO2 emission is lowered by 20-25 percent, unlike diesel engines, NOX emissions are cut by almost 92 percent, while SOX and particulates emissions are eliminated. The new generation ship engines are also required to comply with the TIER 3 restrictions of 2016 by IMO. Hence, the LNG solution is the best solution for now.
LNG is also cheaper than diesel, helping ships save a substantial amount of money over time.