Shipbuilding processes usually concentrate on cutting, treating, forming, fitting, welding and painting steel plate for the primary structures of ships. There is no doubt welding is the joining process of choice for primary steel ship structures, but adhesives are gaining ground for non-critical, secondary attachments and temporary attachments used in the shipbuilding process. NSRP Report 0528 investigated the used of adhesives to reduce the number and effects of welded temporary attachments. Since then, advances in adhesive chemical and processing technology opens up many additional applications, so the field warrants a refreshed examination.

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