A fibre/metal hybrid laminated material tailored to meet the specific needs of every application: an alternative to traditional structural materials
A multididsciplinary research team from CIME (Structural Materials Research Centre) has developed a new hybrid material technology, comprising metal plates and a fibre reinforced polymer core. It offers a light structural material with an increased structural efficiency and safety, as an alternative to the traditional materials used in the maritime, offshore, civil engineering and military markets.
Malecón© structures have a superior performance under in-service loads, improved fatigue and corrosion resistance, reduced weight, and provide damping to structure borne vibration and noise. Malecón offers an increased resistance to accidental and impact loads, and a built-in fire protection, with substantial improvements in safety and a reduction in environmental risk.
Steel has certain limitations that impede continued improvements targeted to construct light, resistant and safe structures. Composite materials are light and resistant, but the manufacturing processes are more labor-intensive and costly; in addition they are very sensitive to damage from impact and can present problems of degradation of mechanical properties through water absorption. Fiber-metal hybrid materials combine a high resistance to impact, an extended durability, and the versatility in processing of metals with a specific strength and stiffness in the direction parallel to the fibers, as well as good resistance to fatigue, characteristics of the composites.
MALECON© is a new hybrid fiber/metal material formed by layers of metal alternating with others of composite and structural adhesives, with improved in-service performance.
“Reducing construction and operating costs, and keeping the safety standards. These advantages are key factors in selecting Malecon© for lightweight structural applications”
Maritime and defense markets
Civil engineering and offshore industries
“In lightweight designs, weight reduction by using hybrid materials will reduce CO2 emission and increase fuel economy, which will significantly reduce environmental impact”
Juan Carlos Suárez Bermejo
ETS Navales - UPM
Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area
Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM