Evaluation of Basalt Fibre Composites for Marine Applications
|Author(s)||Davies Peter1, 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|
|WOS© Times Cited||19|
|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.