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Title: The low-velocity impact response of thin, stiffened CFRP panels
Author: Paran, Alexander P.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3467 2110
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 1999
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An extensive study of into the static loading response and low-velocity impact response of plain and stiffened CFRP panels was conducted. The study investigated the impact response of the CFRP panels over a range of impact energies that include incident kinetic energies sufficiently high to cause complete penetration of the panel by the impacting mass. Static tests were also conducted by driving a hemispherical-nosed indentor into the panel up to displacements that resulted in the complete penetration of the panel by the indentor. Results from these tests suggest that the static perforation energy could predict the impact perforation energy with reasonable accuracy. A lumped-parameter mass-spring-damper model that attempted to incorporate the effects of material damage to the panel response was developed. The model was found to be sufficiently accurate in predicting the response of thin panels to static and impact loads up to the critical delamination force threshold. Assessment of the damaged panels through Penetrant-Enhanced X-Ray methods led to the identification of damage transition energy thresholds that differentiate between changes in damage mechanism. The damage transition energy thresholds were found to be constant fractions of the impact perforation energy.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Carbon fibre reinforced