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Durability of Composites in a Marine Environment

Davies, Peter, Rajapakse, Yapa D.S. (Eds.)

2014, IX, 261 p. 139 illus., 93 illus. in color.

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  • Provides an up to date overview of the durability of marine composites
  • Includes developments of new renewable marine energy applications
  • Presents results on the in-service experience of different navies

Composites are widely used in marine applications. There is considerable experience of glass reinforced resins in boats and ships but these are usually not highly loaded. However, for new areas such as offshore and ocean energy there is a need for highly loaded structures to survive harsh conditions for 20 years or more. High performance composites are therefore being proposed. This book provides an overview of the state of the art in predicting the long term durability of composite marine structures. The following points are covered:

•       Modelling water diffusion

•       Damage induced by water

•       Accelerated testing

•       Including durability in design

•       In-service experience.

This is essential reading for all those involved with composites in the marine industry, from initial design and calculation through to manufacture and service exploitation. It also provides information unavailable elsewhere on the mechanisms involved in degradation and how to take account of them. Ensuring long term durability is not only necessary for safety reasons, but will also determine the economic viability of future marine structures.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Accelerated Testing - Damage Mechanisms - Durability in Design - Fatigue - In-service Experience - Marine Loading - Modelling Lifetime - Predictive Modelling

Related subjects » Mechanics - Renewable and Green Energy - Special types of Materials

Table of contents 


Durability of Composites in the Marine Environment; John Summerscales

Water Sorption Thermodynamics in Polymer Matrices; Pellegrino Musto et al.

Humid Ageing of Organic Matrix Composites; X. Colin and J. Verdu

Water–Mechanical Property Coupling; F. Jacquemin and S. Fréour

Effect of Sea Water on Polymeric Marine Composites; Akawut Siriruk and Dayakar Penumadu

Seawater Aging of Vinylester and Carbon Reinforced Vinylester; A.M. Figliolini and L.A. Carlsson

Effect of Water Absorption on Time–Temperature Dependent Strength of Unidirectional CFRP; Masayuki Nakada and Yasushi Miyano

Accelerated Aging Tests for Marine Energy Applications; Peter Davies

Integrating Durability in Marine Composite Certification; Andreas T. Echtermeyer

Durability of Composite Materials for Underwater Applications; D. Choqueuse and P. Davies

Design of Racing Yachts for Durability; H. Devaux, A. Miller, R. Balze, S. Guého and J. Maguet

Service Experience and Life Time Prediction of Naval Composites; J. Dalzel-Job, G. Kotsikos and J. Mawella



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