Observing Through-Thickness Damage Timeline in Thick-Section Monolithic Composites under Soft Impact Load

I. Vidal Pérez*, J. Kepler, R. Eriksen, C. Berggreen

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The well-known weight saving capacities of composite materials have led to an increased interest in fiber-reinforced plastics as protective solutions for light armoured vehicles against blast threats. When subjected to such threats, materials undergo dynamic loading resulting in high strain rate levels. The majority of intra-laminar material properties such as stiffnesses and strengths are known to increase under dynamic loading. However, the characterization of interlaminar properties in terms of strength and toughness under dynamic conditions is still an open field in research. This paper presents an experimental setup capable of generating interface delaminations under high speed loading and while observing the damage timeline generated in through the thickness of the specimen in real-time. The use of High-Speed photography and Digital Image Correlation allows the experimentalist to measure the displacement field of the specimen, the through-thickness strain field, the onset and the propagation of delamination. Such measurements can then be coupled with explicit FE simulations to determine inversely the dynamic properties of the interfaces. Finally, the experimental results for 21 mm thick E-Glass woven laminates with a polyester resin are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Composite Materials
EditorsAdrian Mouritz , Chun Wang , Bronwyn fox
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationMelburne
PublisherRMIT University
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Composite Materials 2019 - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne , Australia
Duration: 11 Aug 201916 Aug 2019


Conference22nd International Conference on Composite Materials 2019
LocationMelbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
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  • Soft Impact
  • Composite Beams
  • Delamination
  • Damage
  • Dynamic Behavior

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