INVESTIGATION OF FILAMENT REINFORCED PLASTICS FOR DEEP-SUBMERGENCE APPLICATION.
DAVID TAYLOR MODEL BASIN WASHINGTON D C STRUCTURAL MECHANICS LAB
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The results to date of structural research programs to investigate lightweight, glass-reinforced plastics or composite materials for deep-submergence vehicles are summarized. Of significance from these studies is the need to consider effects attributable to the matrix material and bonding between fibers and matrix, that is, maintaining integrity of the structure in a water environment under high pressure and utilizing hull concepts which lend themselves to shear-sensitive materials. Plans for present and future structural research to study more extensively the use of fiber-reinforced plastic materials for pressure hull applications are also reviewed. Author
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Marine Engineering