Durability of Composites in a Marine Environment


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.

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