Case Study 2001-2005. Research Project HULLMOS
European research funding programme Eureka!
Project 'HULLMOS-II' - Hull Monitoring System
Partners: Smart Fibres, R Rouvari Oy (Finland), Hydrographic and Marine Consultants BV (Netherlands)
To develop monitoring techniques for hulls of catamarans and other fast craft constructed from lightweight materials such as aluminium or fiber-reinforced composites. To carry out full-scale measuring campaigns on pilot installations to verify system integrity and utility of data provided.
- Development of three sensor types - SmartPatch, SmartHull LGL and SmartHull SGL - suited to Hull monitoring applications.
- Qualification of the SmartPatch sensor in laboratory tests was successfully made and disseminated.
- The developed HULLMOS system was successfully demonstrated in live sea-trials on a high profile and very suitable test vessel, a composite military patrol boat.
- The establishment of Smart Fibres as a leading UK supplier of fibreoptic hull stress monitoring systems