Evaluation of Basalt Fibre Composites for Marine Applications

Type Article
Date 2018-04
Language English
Author(s) Davies PeterORCID1, Verbouwe W.2
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Marine Struct Lab, Ctr Bretagne, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : BASALTEX NV, Zuidstr 18, B-8560 Wevelgem, Belgium.
Source Applied Composite Materials (0929-189X) (Springer), 2018-04 , Vol. 25 , N. 2 , P. 299-308
DOI 10.1007/s10443-017-9619-3
WOS© Times Cited 25
Keyword(s) Seawater, Aging, Fatigue, Basalt fibre, Epoxy, Unidirectional, Flexure

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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