Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Panel Impact Testing at MUN

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleStudent Report
Physical description20 p.
SubjectFiber-reinforced plastic; FRP; panel; fiberglass; hydraulic ram; impact testing
AbstractThe following report describes experiments conducted in the Structures Laboratory of the S. J. Carew Building in the Memorial University campus. The experiments were conducted by the National Research Council - Institute for Ocean Technology (NRC-IOT). As the marine industry moves toward frequent operation in ice-covered waters, the capabilities of evacuation craft need to be investigated in order to maintain safe operation in emergency situations. Of particular interest is the capability of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP, fibreglass) lifeboats. The experiments were conducted on a series of fibreglass panels in order to investigate the maximization of strength in the material. Four factors were tested in an attempt to determine their effect on impact energy and applied load. These factors were: 1. Thickness at 10 mm ad 16 mm 2. Temperature at 6º C and 16º C 3. Material with E-glass and E-glass + Aramid 4. Construction method using Hand Layup and Vacuum Bagging The panels varied with these four factors and were tested systematically via hydraulic ram. The preliminary results from these experiments show that the effect of panel thickness was more significant than that of temperature, material and construction. As these results are preliminary however, more testing is required to further explore these factors.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number18253439
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Record created2011-07-12
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