Marine Composites - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081019122

Marine Composites

1st Edition

Design and Performance

Authors: John Summerscales Jasper Graham-Jones Richard Pemberton
Paperback ISBN: 9780081022641
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st September 2018
Page Count: 810
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Materials selection and characterisation
1. Materials selection for (marine) composites
2. Reinforcements and resins
3. Core materials for marine sandwich structures
4. Degradation of properties in seawater
5. Multifunctional composite marine structures
6. Magnetorheological (MR) fluids in vibration control
7. Antifouling coatings and systems for marine composite structures

Part 2: Design and naval architecture
8. Fluid-structures interactions (FSI)
9. Naval architecture for composite boats and ships
10. Liquid natural gas carriers
11. Preliminary design of composite catenary risers for offshore structures
12. The application of structural reliability analysis in the design of stiffened composite panels
13. Lightweight superstructures
14. Offshore engineering
15. Offshore wind turbines
16. Floating offshore platforms and marine renewable energy devices
17. Yacht construction Gordon Mucklow/Adaptive Engineering Solutions 100m+ yacht mats
18. Propulsion and propellers
19. Propellers
20. Marine pilings
21. Mooring ropes and tendons
22. Applications of marine composite structures on ice

Part 3: Manufacture and Performance
23. Adhesive bonding
24. Joining and assemby methods for marine composites
25. Joining and assembly methods for marine composite structures
26. Structural reliability and safety assessment of marine composite structures
27. Analytical, numerical, and experimental research on mechanics
28. Dynamic mechanical properties of advanced fibre-reinforced marine composites
29. Vibration and buckling analysis of stiffened composite panels under mixed mode loading
30. Experimental and theoretical approaches to damage assessment in advanced marine
31. Computed tomography analysis of damage in lightweight ship structures subjected to impact loading
32. Underwater impulsive loading
33. Theoretical and experimental approaches to damage assessment in marine structures
34. Numerical analysis of the fatigue behaviour of marine composite structures
35. Degradation of GRFP laminates with nanoparticle modified coatings
36. Life prediction modelling in composite marine structures
37. Life prediction modelling in advanced fibre-reinforced marine composites
38. Fire performance
39. Mechanics of sandwich structures in the marine environment or characterisation of adhesive joints


The population explosion is putting extreme pressure on land-based resources. The costs of expanding into space are disproportionate to the potential return. The marine environment is the under-explored resource which will be increasingly pressed into service to accommodate the needs of the human race. Composites find applications in transport (boats and ships), offshore oil and gas energy, and will be an important ingredient of any marine renewable (wind, wave or tidal) energy system.

The marine environment is a challenging place to use materials due to the potential for corrosion by salt water, extreme pressures during deep submergence and high stresses arising from the weather. The materials of choice were wood and other natural materials (which rot), superseded by metals (which corrode) and latterly composite materials. Well-designed fibre-reinforced plastics are capable of handling the chemical environment, deep submergence and high stresses whilst providing lightweight alternatives to metal components and structures.

In the first volume of this book published in September 2015, chapters focused on the manufacture, performance testing and analysis of these materials as well as their various applications in marine structures. The first volume contained fourteen chapters, whereas this second volume is substantially larger at around thirty proposed chapters. The book is broken down into three main parts: materials selection and characterisation; design and naval architecture, manufacture and performance.

Key Features

  • Unique high-level reference on composite materials and their application and use in marine structures
  • Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of marine composites including latest advances in damage modelling and assessment of performance
  • Contributions from leading experts in the field from both industry and academia
  • Covers a broad range of naval, offshore and marine structures


R&D, designers, materials engineers, manufactures, marine scientists, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, coastal engineers, boat manufacturers, offshore platform and marine renewable design engineers


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About the Authors

John Summerscales Author

John Summerscales is Senior Lecturer in the School of Manufacturing, materials and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Plymouth, UK and a key staff member of the Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Materials and the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and a Professional Member of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Engineering, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

Jasper Graham-Jones Author

Jasper is an Associate Professor in Mechanical & Marine Engineering at the University of Plymouth. He lectures in Marine Craft Drawing and Design; Marine Structures and systems; and Small Craft Surveying. Over the last 15years, he has been involved in numerous composite and materials consultancies, students research projects, and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. He was UK lead in a FP5 Composite Network project, and has been an FP7 Marine Engineering Evaluator. He is a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Marine Engineering, University of Plymouth, UK

Richard Pemberton Author

Richard is a Lecturer in Mechanical and Marine Engineering Design at Plymouth University. He was previously a designer of high performance racing yachts, including vessels for the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. He has been a consultant on a diverse range of projects from hovercraft performance to ice loading of wind turbines. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Mechanical and Marine Engineering Design, Plymouth University, UK