Failure of polymer matrix composites in marine and off-shore applications

P. Davies and D. Choqueuse,     IFREMER, France

H. Devaux,     HDS, France


Composites are widely used in marine applications and there is considerable experience of their behaviour in service. This chapter first describes the different materials used for marine structures. Then a series of tests which have been developed to simulate the loading of marine structures, both for surface vessels and underwater structures, will be presented, and examples of failures will be described.

Key words

marine structures

structural tests

sandwich material

hydrostatic pressure


10.1 Introduction

The use of composite materials for marine applications is now ...

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