Picture of UK Houses of Parliament

Leading national thinking on politics, government & public policy through Open Access research

Strathprints makes available scholarly Open Access content by researchers in the School of Government & Public Policy, based within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Research here is 1st in Scotland for research intensity and spans a wide range of domains. The Department of Politics demonstrates expertise in understanding parties, elections and public opinion, with additional emphases on political economy, institutions and international relations. This international angle is reflected in the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) which conducts comparative research on public policy. Meanwhile, the Centre for Energy Policy provides independent expertise on energy, working across multidisciplinary groups to shape policy for a low carbon economy.

Explore the Open Access research of the School of Government & Public Policy. Or explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research...

Mechanical testing of wood-glass composite mast sections

Flannigan, A. and Offord, S.J.J. and Orr, S.W. and Wheel, Marcus (2007) Mechanical testing of wood-glass composite mast sections. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications, 221 (2). pp. 45-52. ISSN 1464-4207

Full text not available in this repository.Request a copy from the Strathclyde author


Glass fibre-sheathed wood cored composite materials may offer a lightweight, stiff alternative to carbon fibre for manufacturing masts for sailing dinghies. However, at present, very little data quantifying the mechanical response of these materials when loaded is available. Before manufacturing a prototype mast from these materials, it is necessary to acquire such data and determine how the various fabrication parameters influence the behaviour of these materials when loaded. To address this need, a series of wood-glass composite tubular structures representative of typical mast sections were constructed and loaded in a suitable testing machine. This paper reports the results of these tests and discusses how the parameters investigated influence the stiffness and strength of the structures. The results provide useful data on which to base the design of prototype masts.