Amphibious vehicle benefits from large composite moulding

Morgan Advanced Materials has helped in the design and development of a highly innovative amphibious vehicle. Nuneaton based Gibbs Technologies has developed the Humdinga, a 6.7m long utility vehicle for potential use in a number of sectors.

With any vehicle intended for use in water, minimising the number of panels used in its construction reduces the number of potential leak points and so helps to protect critical internal components. In addition, the material must also be lightweight, rigid and able to maintain its integrity in demanding and often rapidly changing physical conditions.

Gibbs turned to Morgan Advanced Materials' Composites and Defence Systems division. Morgan's large autoclaves meant it could construct and manufacture the 2.5m composite component in a single piece.

Steve Baker from Morgan Advanced Materials said: "We recognise the importance to manufacture large mouldings, which in different applications can contribute structural integrity, aerodynamic qualities and in this case water resistance. We are able to draw on experience in applications from defence to medical, ensuring we deliver the best design and performance. Our partnership with Gibbs has proven highly successful and we are proud to be associated with this innovative vehicle which has many potential uses."

Justin Cunningham

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