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Evaluation of basalt fibre composites for marine applications
Davies, P.; Verbouwe, W. (2018). Evaluation of basalt fibre composites for marine applications. Applied Composite Materials 25(2): 299-308. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10443-017-9619-3
In: Applied Composite Materials. Springer: Dordrecht. ISSN 0929-189X; e-ISSN 1573-4897, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Seawater; Aging; Fatigue; Basalt fibre; Epoxy; Unidirectional; Flexure

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  • Davies, P.
  • Verbouwe, W.

Abstract
    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.

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