FOULING AND BORING OF GLASS-REINFORCED PLASTIC -- BALSA BLOCKS IN A TROPICAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT

This report is in microfiche form. The hull of the Royal Australian Navy's replacement minehunter is to be made of a rigid core material sandwiched between skins of glass-reinforced plastic. In order to study the ability of such materials to withstand marine exposure, especially when damaged, balsa wood test blocks, coated each side with grp, were exposed for 14 months in a tropical harbour; both undamaged control blocks and blocks with varying degrees of simulated damage to the grp were employed. All blocks were subject to fouling, which however had no apparent effect on the grp, but molluscan borers penetrated and damaged the balsa cores of all the blocks.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Dept. Defense Australia, Materials Research Lab., Report MRL-R-874 <March 1983> (23 pp., 21 ref., 3 fig., 6 tab.)
  • Authors:
    • Lewis, J A
    • Hall, D J
  • Publication Date: 1983-3

Language

  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00686060
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM