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Development of non-joint-moulding-technique on huge mast for Nippon Challenge America's Cup Boat

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Abstract:

The America's Cup which is a worldwide and traditional yacht race was held in San Diego, USA in 1992. Japan's Nippon Challenge America's Cup team participated in this race for the first time. Big yachts with 34 meter masts competed in match races, and the Japanese team although a newcomer, gained an excellent result. The mast's properties being lightweight and having good balance contributed much to the victories. In the early stages we thought manufacturing a 34 meter long huge CFRP mast without jointing was a dream: however, this dream turned out to be real. We present a report on the non-joint moulding technique of this huge primary structural CFRP mast which was developed for the first time in Japan.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156855194X00286

Affiliations: Composite R&D Toyohashi Development Laboratory, Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd., 4-1-2 Ushikawa Doori Toyohashi Aichi-ken 440, Japan

Publication date: January 1, 1994

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