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COMPA Repairs - composite repairs for ships • demonstration on board ships • case study • tank bulkhead repair • video
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December 2019
COMPA Repairs technology
demonstrated successfully on ships in service
COMPA team demonstrated successfully a number of repair cases on various ships in services. One of the latest repairs, presented hereafter, was performed on a damaged tank bulkhead, during the vessel's port call in Antwerp. 
CASE STUDY: REPAIR OF A TANK BULKHEAD
Ship type: Vehicles carrier 
Location: Antwerp, Belgium - during vessel's port call
Repair duration: 3.5h 
Standards: ISO and ASTM
Class: RINA
Condition

Fuel leakage appeared between water ballast and heavy fuel tanks. The ship needed a fast repair service without losing the unnecessary time for replacing the plating. COMPA Repairs team was asked to assess the damage and recommend a suitable, cost-effective repair solution to prevent the leakage. 
Proposed solution

Prior to the repair process, our team made of engineers and composite specialists investigated the damage parameters and then devised the repair plan using eCOMPA software. The optimal patch and the customized application procedure for a long-lasting repair were obtained by means of the software. 

Patch application process

Surface preparation - a proper surface preparation consists of mechanical and chemical treatments. It is mandatory to remove the remains of rust and coating and then to treat the surface to the appropriate roughness level. The surface preparation is essential to ensure good bonding between the steel surface and composite patch.

Preparation of materials – cutting the carbon and glass fibres to exact measures and careful mixing of resin and catalyst in the appropriate ratio are needed before the start of the patch application process.

Application of fibres - multiple carbon and glass fibre layers mixed with the epoxy resin were placed onto the damaged plating. The cured resin permanently bonded the fibres to the plating, creating a strong and fully solid composite patch

Results
 
The repair was completed in record time without any setbacks. Following the repair, the tank was quickly brought back into the service, demonstrating the cost and time efficiency of COMPA Repairs.
Join our network of COMPA Repairs
representatives and licensed technical applicators
in ports world-wide
We are looking for business development representatives with complementary products and services and with a local presence in the various markets of reference, able to offer customers value-added solutions in the field of fast repair.

Technical applicators opting for COMPA Repairs licence will be able to apply the technology after an adequate training and field experimentation course with the COMPA Repairs team, having our constant support.
About us
Alveus d.o.o. is an expert in the development and application of composite technologies. Our mission is to provide fast and cost-effective composite repair solutions for ships. We want to secure safe and efficient ship operations through novel technologies.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 806018.

Have a look at our video to learn more about the benefits and the process of COMPA Repairs.

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