Peter Davies, Yapa D. S. Rajapakse
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This book brings together 13 chapters by international experts based on
the presentations made at the IFREMER/ONR workshop. "Durability of
Composites in a Marine Environment", held at the IFREMER Centre in
Nantes, in August 2012. The main objective, of both the workshop and
this book, is to give a state-of-the-art overview of current research in
Europe and the USA, on the behaviour of composite materials in a marine
environment. This was achieved by bringing together leading researchers
in this Held, providing invited lectures and discussions over two days.
A round table discussion then focussed on further research required to
improve the long-term reliability of composite marine structures, and
finally all presenters were invited to prepare a chapter for this book.
While fibre reinforced polymer composites have been used in marine
applications for over 50 years (pleasure boats, military vessels and
submarines), design with respect to long-term durability has been
largely based on experience, and safety factors are often high. In
recent years, there have been concerted efforts to rationalize design of
small boats culminating in the appearance of the ISO 12215 in 2(X)6.
This provides a common basis for the determination of scantlings, but
long-term behaviour is hardly considered.