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Fire-safe composite to steel connections for warship structures

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Wright, Professor Geoff Gibson, Yi-Shan Wu


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The use of FRP structure in otherwise steel warships allows weight savings to be achieved that are very beneficial for warship design. The bonded connection of FRP components to their mating steel structure then becomes the key aspect to be examined for the inclusion of such FRP components. The connections have to provide appropriate mechanical strength, be producible and also meet fire performance requirements. In this paper the work undertaken to assess the strength of a typical composite to steel connection at elevated temperature is described based on results from furnace fire testing of a loaded panel, mechanical tests on specimens from furnace fire tested panels and from elevated temperature tests on joint specimens. The temperature profiles observed in the joint region during the furnace fire tests are also compared to the corresponding theoretical prediction of the temperature profiles using the Newcastle 1-D fire model.

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Author(s): Wright PNH, Gibson AG, Wu Y-S

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 49th International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition: Materials and Processing Technology

Year of Conference: 2004

Pages: 1525-1539

ISSN: 0891-0138

Publisher: Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering