Determining the Influence of Immersion on Polymeric Composites – Theory and Testing Standards

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Authors
  1. Underhill, R.S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN)
Abstract
Fibre reinforced polymer matrix composites are used because they are lightweight, durable, corrosion-free materials. Before they can be chosen for an application, an understanding is needed of their long-term durability. This report discusses potential degradation mechanisms, how to simulate them in an accelerated timeframe and how to measure the resulting change in material properties in a laboratory setting. The goal of this overview is to educate the reader on how to evaluate, and possibly predict, the degradation of composite materials in a marine environment.

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Keywords
polymer matrix composite;accelerated ageing;fibreglass;marine composite;Naval applications
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R195 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2016
Number of Pages
34
DSTKIM No
CA043379
CANDIS No
804687
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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