[bolger] Re: Door skins & glass
- Just as an added info, Jacques Mertens of bateau.com is reengineering
his larger boats (Vagabond and Serpentaire) using thin plywood (6 mm)
sandwiched between two layers of biaxial fiberglass (9 oz) in epoxy
resin. The advantages are not only structural: the 6mm plywood is much
easier to bend and wrap around bulkheads than thicker stuff. Jacques
says that such sandwich is significantly stronger than 9 mm plywood.
According to my computations, though, the gain in weight is very
limited if any, and the overall cost is very significantly increased.
And, folks, just think about crawling into a 6 meter hull and laminated
10 square meters of biaxial cloth...
ghc <ghart-@...> wrote:
> Actually, glass is very, very, very strong. A good fir might be14,000 psi
> in tensile strength (at best with no flaws), but E glass is good forplywood
> 450,000 psi! It's relatively dense, though, and a thin sheet of
> doesn't spread it apart very far for your composite sandwich. Wood isin a
> light, and relatively strong, so it's easier to get a lot more wood
> structure than glass (with minimal resin).the
> In bending of a panel, the tensile and compressive stresses do lie on
> surface, but the shear flows through the middle, trying to separateyour
> sandwich. Your core needs to have good material properties, likebalsa or
> klegecell, not like blue styrofoam.with
> Gregg Carlson
> At 02:24 PM 11/1/1999 -0800, you wrote:
> >David Ryan wrote:
> >> I've been wondering about using very thin plywood in combination
> >> a heavier glass job to make very light boat (kayaks, hollow paddlestronger
> >> boards, etc.)
> >This idea seems to stem from the mistaken notion that glass is
> >and lighter than wood, especially plywood. It is not, particularly inIn
> >the stiffness modulus, which is the most important in boat building.
> >fact fiberglass is a relatively limp material. It is also relativelyseams.
> >heavy for its strength. Plywood is still one the strongest material
> >available on a pound of pound basis.
> >Fiberglass is used on plywood boat construction not for strength, but
> >for waterproofing and abrasion resistance. On a plywood boat it adds
> >almost nothing to the overall strength of the boat.
> >To make a very light boat, use the thinnest plywood possible for the
> >boat being built and omit using any glass except perhaps on the
> >The best way to make something stiff yet light is to separate two
> >materials that are very strong in both shear, tension and compresion
> >with a very light core. Cores are often some type of foam of balsa
> >wood. Strength of the core doesnt matter, whats important is how
> >friable it is (meaning how well the surface is attached. If you rub
> >pieces of foam together and the surface rubs off the material isskins
> >friable and no good for composite construction. The reason is the
> >will separate form the core under stress making the structure nolonger
> >a composite and very weak.) What makes a composite strong is that thevery
> >structure transmits all loads to its strongest part, the skin. A
> >composites strength is directly related to how far the skins are held
> >apart, the farther apart the stronger. Obviously, if you bend a
> >composite structure the skin on the outside of the bend is loaded in
> >tension, the inside skin in compression. Here again, fiberglass is
> >weak in compression, especially compared to plywood. Plywood is very
> >strong in compression. In short, one of the lightest and strongest
> >composites you can make is by gluing very thin plywood to the inside
> >and outside of a foam sheet. Blue polyfoam is used in some airplane
> >construction because it is light, cheep and relatively unfriable.
> >Change is a proccess not an event.