REINFORCED PLASTICS AS STRUCTURAL MATERIALS.
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CALIF
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A survey was made of existing knowledge regarding the use of reinforced plastics as the load-carrying members in structural systems. Examples are given of existing applications in large buildings, motels, houses, special uses marine surface craft, deep submersible hulls, and in other areas. A review is made of structural shapes that are commercially available. The basic materials, i. e., resins and reinforcements, are briefly discussed, and the various methods of combining them into a finished item are mentioned. The physical properties are summarized, and the areas of potential degradation are discussed. Problems in the design of reinforced plastics are considered. The areas in which there appears to be good potential for increased structural applications are presented those that might be of greatest interest to NFEC include 1 antenna-support systems, 2 waterfront structures and facilities, 3 structures in remote areas that require shipping or that present maintenance problems, and 4 advanced-base structures that must be built under the pressure of military exigency. Author
- Marine Engineering
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology