Excellent strength to weight. An all-purpose grade used in multiple industries
High-temperature resistant core suitable for prepreg applications
High-performance core for extremely demanding applications such as fast marine hulls
Superior strength to weight. Used in multiple industries, including wind and marine
A PET core with excellent FST properties used in transport and construction industries
A recyclable core material used in a variety of applications such as domes and claddings
Well-suited for use as local inserts in the way of fittings, either tapped or bolted through
A thermoplastic core material designed to increase performance and decrease weight
An aerospace core available with comprehensive quality documentation and traceability
A sandwich core with excellent FST properties, suitable in commercial aircrafts interiors
Core material for subsea applications, used from sea level to 700 meters depth
A deep-water subsea syntactic foam used for depths from 700 to 10,000 meters
A core with excellent insulation properties, for low and cryogenic temperatures
Used in marine and wind applications in combination with foam
A selection of the most widely used and preferred finishing options
Poppy Fibreglass (Warana, Queensland, Australia) has introduced a new concept in trailable houseboats that are equally at home on the water, on the road or at a favorite camping spot.
Called ‘Boat A Home’ the 7.9 x 2.4 meter
(26 x 7.8 ft.) vessel/vehicle comes complete
with all the home comforts including a cooker,
fridge/freezer, shower, toilet and a double bed.
Although it is designed to sleep two, it can
readily accommodate up to six people for a
day of fishing and cruising. Its planing twin
hulls and 2 x 40 hp Honda engines allow
it to achieve a top cruising speed of 25 knots.
Then, when it comes to weigh anchor, the
vessel can be loaded on to its custom-designed,
dual-axle trailer using the integrated electric
winch and driven to wherever the owners want
to go. The trailer features integrated staircases
on both sides to allow easy access when a ‘Boat A Home’ is being used as a caravan.
One of the keys to the versatility of the
‘Boat A Home’ is its extensive use of Diab sandwich composites in order to achieve a
lightweight, strong and durable structure.
As a result of this lightweight/high strength
performance, no special vehicle permits are
required as ‘Boat A Home’ meets the relevant
Australian build standards and towing
Other significant features of ‘Boat A
Home’ include the use of a vinyl ester resin to
minimize osmosis problems and the inclusion
of collision bulkheads.
With production ramping up, Poppy
Fibreglass is investigating moving from
contact moulding to a faster resin infusion
process. As part of this work a company
representative has recently attended one of
Diab Australia’s popular infusion training
courses to learn more about the process.
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Diab has been at the leading edge of composite core material development for over sixty years, supplying a wide range of markets including marine, wind energy, transport, aerospace and industry.
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