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German project seeks lighter cruise ship construction

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Germany’s Center of Maritime Technologies (CMT) is researching together with four other partners from business and science as part of the LESSMAT joint project to make the shell structure of passenger trains and cruise ships lighter and their production more efficient. For this purpose, a lightweight construction system is being developed that makes mobility more environmentally friendly and at the same time reduces manufacturing costs.

The challenge and at the same time the opportunity of the joint project is the design of a lightweight construction system that can be flexibly applied to the two different assemblies and industries and adapted as required. In addition to using the material as fully as possible, the focus is also on the automation of design and production. CMT is designing an automated production process and methods which are then to be tested for their efficiency and feasibility with the help of demonstration robots. In addition, LCPA analyses are to be carried out by the CMT in order to determine economic and economic KPIs, among other things.

The LESSMAT project will be funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with almost €3m until 2024 as part of the lightweight construction technology transfer program. In addition to the CMT, Siemens Mobility, shipbuilder Meyer-Werft, the Helmholtz Center Hereon and the TU Hamburg (TUHH) are also involved in the joint project. The network coordinator is Siemens Mobility.

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