Evaluation of Low Velocity Impact Response of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composites


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The analysis of damage resulted from concentrated out-of-plane impact forces is a concern in case of fiber reinforced polymeric composite aerostructures. Thereby, it can be quantified in terms of resulting size/damage type by drop weight impact testing. The aim of the present research was to evaluate the impact response of CFRP laminates by FEA and experimental tests. For FEA, two failure criterions were used, energetic criterion and Tsai Wu criterion. In both modeling scenarios the laminate was fractured. In case of the energetic criterion it was observed a meandering crack along with internal delamination of the material plies, while in case of the Tsai Wu criterion the impactor passes through the specimen, destroying the impacted area. Experimental tests performed at 0.7 meters height and 33 J of impact energy showed that all material plies were visible damaged, but the impactor didn’t pass through all specimen thickness. Different damage modes were observed on the tested specimens, the impacted face of the specimen presented a combined damage consisting in large cracks with fiber breakage indentation/puncture and a dent while on the non-impacted side of the specimen splits, cracks and a small swelling were observed. Considering the results from FEA and experimental tests, it can be said that regarding the damage shape, the experimental results are in a good agreement with a combination of the results obtained from the two failure models of FEA.



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Marina Polyakova




M. R. Condruz et al., "Evaluation of Low Velocity Impact Response of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composites", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 779, pp. 3-10, 2018

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September 2018




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