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Drive shafts

Composite drive shafts have unique properties that outperform traditional steel shafts in several key respects.

LOWER MAINTENANCE COSTS

Unlike steel, a composite shaft can flex and follow the ship's movements, reducing stress on bearings and bearing mountings. This reduces maintenance costs in the long term.

SIMPLER INSTALLATION AND QUIETER OPERATION

Moreover, the light weight of composite drive shafts saves time and money by making installation much simpler. Another benefit is composites' capacity to dampen vibrations, thereby reducing noise emissions.

DRIVING DEVELOPMENT

GKN Aerospace Applied Composites AB has long experience of drive shafts for defence and civil applications. Our civil shipyard customers include Austal Ships, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Fincantieri and Navantia.