Applied Composite Materials

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 299–308 | Cite as

Evaluation of Basalt Fibre Composites for Marine Applications

  • P. Davies
  • W. Verbouwe


Basalt fibres offer potential for use in marine structures, but few data exist to evaluate the influence of seawater immersion on their mechanical behaviour. This paper provides the results from a study in which basalt fibre reinforced epoxy composites were aged in natural seawater at different temperatures. Tests were performed under quasi-static and cyclic loading, first in the as-received state then after saturation in natural seawater. Results are compared to those for an E-glass reinforced composite with the same epoxy matrix. They indicate similar mechanical performance for both materials after seawater saturation.


Seawater Aging Fatigue Basalt fibre Epoxy Unidirectional Flexure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IFREMER Centre BretagneMarine Structures LaboratoryPlouzanéFrance
  2. 2.BASALTEX NVWevelgemBelgium

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