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Marine Composites

  1. Peter Davies

Published Online: 20 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc131

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

How to Cite

Davies, P. 2012. Marine Composites. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–10.

Author Information

  1. Institut Français de Recherche sur l′Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), Plouzané, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 JUL 2012


Composite materials are widely used in marine applications. This article first introduces the marine environment. Then the most common marine materials are described, both laminates and sandwich materials, and examples are given for different surface and underwater vessels. Composites used in other marine structures are then discussed, and the article ends with a short discussion of durability.


  • marine;
  • boat;
  • racing yacht;
  • offshore;
  • military vessel;
  • submarine;
  • marine energy