DOI: 10.31399/asm.amp.2023-04.p023 ISSN:

Aluminum Applications in Marine Transportation

Robert Sanders, Graeme Marshall
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Materials Science


Beyond weight savings, aluminum products offer corrosion resistance, weldability, and ease of maintenance for a wide range of marine vessels. Aluminum was recognized as a promising material for marine construction from the early days of the industry. The development of 5xxx alloys and large production capacity made aluminum use more technically and economically possible beginning in the 1950s. The variety of aluminum vessels ranges from small fishing boats and fast ferry catamarans to cruise ships and military vessels. All benefit from aluminum's relatively light weight, low maintenance costs, and easy repairability. Other benefits of using aluminum in marine applications include formability, corrosion resistance, and availability in various product forms.

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