Durability of Composites in a Marine Environment

  • Peter Davies
  • Yapa D.S. Rajapakse

Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 208)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Pellegrino Musto, Michele Galizia, Giuseppe Scherillo, Giuseppe Mensitieri
    Pages 15-45
  3. X. Colin, J. Verdu
    Pages 47-114
  4. F. Jacquemin, S. Fréour
    Pages 115-128
  5. Akawut Siriruk, Dayakar Penumadu
    Pages 129-142
  6. A. M. Figliolini, L. A. Carlsson
    Pages 143-153
  7. Andreas T. Echtermeyer
    Pages 179-194
  8. H. Devaux, A. Miller, R. Balze, S. Guého, J. Maguet
    Pages 209-237
  9. J. Dalzel-Job, G. Kotsikos, J. Mawella
    Pages 239-252
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 253-261

About this book


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.


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

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Davies
    • 1
  • Yapa D.S. Rajapakse
    • 2
  1. 1.Materials and Structures GroupIFREMER, Centre de BretagnePlouzaneFrance
  2. 2.Solid Mechanics DivisionOffice of Naval ResearchArlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7416-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7417-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-0042
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7764
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