The research aims to develop new types of fire doors working on three main aspects:

  • the interface between the door and the ship structure
  • the reduction in weight and size of the main elements making up the door
  • the modification of elements constituting the door to make it collapsible in the presence of predefined doors

The part concerning the door-frame interface aims to evaluate the technical and economic consequences of alternative solutions to the direct welding system of the door on the wall, so as to release as far as possible from a structural point of view the door itself from the wall on which he is going to lean on. The solutions will be object of optimization as well as from a structural and weight point of view, also for the aesthetic characteristics of the final result. Each solution must then be used both on steel and light alloy walls.
With regard to the second aspect of the study, the fire doors are subject to an evolution that allows to optimize the weight and dimensions, in compliance with the constraints deriving from the necessary compliance with the class requirements for fire and structural performance. The improvements foresee the use of innovative insulating materials, developed starting from present solutions and to be modified appropriately to make them compatible with the specific technical requirements.
The third field of study concerns the definition of fire doors that, while maintaining the current class fire characteristics, are collapsible in the presence of predefined water wings, thus allowing to simplify considerably the configuration of some technical areas of the ship, reducing time and set-up costs.


  • Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani Spa
  • Università degli Studi di Udine
  • Officine Del Bello di Ferruccio Del Bello & C. Snc
  • Naval Suppliers Srl
  • Nanoxer Srl
  • Friuli Innovazione, Centro di Ricerca e di Trasferimento Tecnologico


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