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Ballistic damage in hybrid composite laminates

By Vaibhav A. Phadnis, Kadir S. Pandya, Niranjan K Naik, Anish Roy and Vadim V. Silberschmidt


This work was delivered at the 11th International Conference on Damage Assessment of Structures (DAMAS 2015). It was published as Open Access. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution\ud of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.Ballistic damage of hybrid woven-fabric composites made of plain-weave E-glass-fabric/epoxy and 8H satin-weave T300 carbon-fabric/epoxy is studied using a combination of experimental tests, microstructural studies and finite-element (FE) analysis. Ballistic tests were conducted with a single-stage gas gun. Fibre damage and delamination were observed to be dominating failure modes. A ply-level FE model was developed, with a fabric-reinforced ply modelled as a homogeneous orthotropic material with capacity to sustain progressive stiffness degradation due to fibre/matrix cracking, fibre breaking and plastic deformation under shear loading. Simulated damage patterns on the front and back faces of fabric-reinforced composite plates provided an insight into their damage mechanisms under ballistic loading

Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1088/1742-6596
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