the forming of double curved hull panels is a challenge for many shipyards
In the shipbuilding industry, the forming of double curved hull panels has led to much discussion, as to the benefits of cold forming and line heating.
For decades, Europe has used Cold Forming, while the majority of Asian and some American countries, have favoured line heating.
With shipbuilding concentrated in Asia, there has been a global transfer of Cold Forming Technology from Europe to Asia and the Americas.
The key issues are the differences in these two technologies, and the impact that each has on a shipyard’s overall performance.