G10/FR4 Fiberglass Board vs Steel marine enviroment

  1. I was wondering if anyone knew of the potential downsides of using this material to replace a piece of 1/4 low carbon steel that is decaying and is a backing plate inside a hull of a 28 foot sailboat. I would be replacing it with 1/2" G10/FR4 fiberglass board minimum and could go to 3/4 inch if necessary. The size is a triangle approximately 2 feet on all 3 sides. This would be a backing plate to a bowsprit with anchor roller and attachment for the fore stay. This material will bond nicely to the hull which I believe will help distribute the loads. Any help would be appreciated. I was trying to compare on matweb.com but I'm out of my league on this.
     
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  3. I have seen and heard of many uses like this for transoms and critical parts of boats in the past. G10 fr4 materials are a good fit in this application, IMHO, because the materials itself is made up of layers of fiberglass as most boats are. I dont think the the g10 material will decay as much as the carbon, the carbon does have a higher " organic " content whereas g10 seems to be completely synthetic ... however, I am no expert, just an observation. I did a little research and this site http://www.g10fr4.com actually has a chemical resistance chart on it that lists salt water as " no effect on this material " . I hope that helps.


    Schrodinger's cat is live and dead ...
     
  4. I agree with Schrodinger's point about decay which is G10 best asset as I can bond it to the rest of the fiberglass hull quite easily. This will increase its bond to the hull over that of the steel. My other concern is would a bolt and washer be more likely to rip through this material than 1/4 steel or is it more likely to bow or snap and would doubling or tripling the thickness make up for any loss? Thanks for the help


    PROPERTY
    DATA AREA OF
    DATA G10 FR4 SHEET,
    PANEL, BOARD MATERIAL
    PER MIL I 27648 / 27 TPE GEE F
    TENSILE LENGTH-WISE 40,000 PSI
    CROSS-WISE 35,000 PSI

    COMPRESSIVE
    STRENGTH FLAT-WISE 60,000 PSI
    EDGE-WISE 35,000 PSI

    FLEX
    STRENGTH CROSS-WISE 45,000 PSI
    LENGTH-WISE 55,000 PSI

    MODULUS OF
    ELASTICITY IN FLEX LENGTH-WISE 2,700,000
    CROSS-WISE 2,200,000
    SHEAR STRENGTH 19,000

    IZOD
    IMPACT NOTCH 7
    NOTCH 5.5
    ROCKWELL HARDNESS (M) 110
    SPECIFIC GRAVITY 1.82

    WATER
    ABSORPTION .062 " THICK .25 % OVER 24 HOURS
    .125 " THICK .15% OVER 24 HOURS
    .500 " THICK .10 % OVER 24 HOURS

    DIELECTRIC CONSTANT .062 " THICK 500 VOLTS PER MIL
    .125 " THICK 400 VOLTS PER MIL

    DISSIPATION
    FACTOR CONDITION A .025 MEGACYCLE

    INSULATION
    RESISTANCE 96 HOURS AT 90% RELATIVE HUMIDITY 200000 MEGA OHMS
    FLAME RATING UNDERWRITER LABS UL94V-0
    OPERATING
    TEMPERATURE CONTINUOUS 285°F TO 210° KELVIN
    COEFFICIENT of THERMAL EXPANSION CM/CM/DEG C X -5 0.9
    BOND STRENGTH GREATER THAN 2,500 LBS
     
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