Steel Panels

Steel Panels of Rubber Fenders are complex steel fabrications. They are connections of the rubber fender and the UHMW PE facing pad.

Steel Panels of Rubber Fenders

Frontal Frames of Rubber Fenders

As an important part of the whole marine fender system, the steel panels are used to distribute the reaction forces from the rubber units into the ship hull. They are resist combinations of bending, shear and local buckling.

Two structures are available, “closed box panels” and “open box

Steel Panels of Rubber Fenders

Frontal Frames of Rubber Fenders

panels”. Therein, closed box structure, which is the most popular type, is comprised of front and back plates plus a series of vertical and horizontal stiffening members.

Regarding to the thickness of steel panels, International Navigation Association (PIANC) recommends 12mm as the absolute minimum when exposed to seawater on both faces, 10mm for exposure to one face and 8mm for internal sections not exposed to corrosion.


 

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