The Effect of the Carbon Epoxy Plate’s Size under Low Velocity Impact


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The aim of present work is to study the influence of the plate’s size on low velocity impact on carbon-fibre-reinforced epoxy laminates. Experimental tests were performed on [04,904]s laminates, using a drop weight-testing machine. Circular, square and rectangular plates were tested under low velocity impacts using a hemispherical impactor with 20 mm diameter and 3 J impact energies. The impacted plates were inspected by X-radiography. Numerical simulations were also performed considering interface finite elements compatible with three-dimensional solid elements, which allows to model delamination onset and growth between layers. The results showed that the plate’s size has influence on the delaminated area. Good agreement between experimental and numerical analysis for shape, orientation and size of the delaminations was obtained.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 587-588)

Edited by:

António Torres Marques, António Fernando Silva, António Paulo Monteiro Baptista, Carlos Sá, Fernando Jorge Lino Alves, Luís Filipe Malheiros and Manuel Vieira






A. M. Amaro et al., "The Effect of the Carbon Epoxy Plate’s Size under Low Velocity Impact ", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 587-588, pp. 951-955, 2008

Online since:

June 2008




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