Structural Design Synthesis of Marine Crafts Using FRP Materials in Sandwich Construction
The potential use of composite materials in marine structures is been realized with its various applications. It ranges from hull structure of displacement vessels, fishing vessels, small crafts, high performance craft (surface effect ships and hovercrafts) to other applications such as deck houses to submersibles. The advantages of Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) are well documented1. It includes in particular relatively low density and good resistance to fatigue and to the harsh marine environment. In addition, the low stiffness property of the material compared to metals may be an advantage in some applications. By varying the lay-ups and the constituent matrix and fibers, many specific properties are obtained against non structural requirements such as reflectivity and acoustic damping.
KeywordsSandwich Plate Sandwich Panel Glass Fibre Reinforce Plastic Fibre Reinforce Plastic Aramid Fibre
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