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Title: Impact and blast response of polymer matrix laminates : finite-element studies
Author: Phadnis, Vaibhav A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5989 9305
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2014
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Polymer matrix composites (PMCs) offer several advantages compared to traditional metallic counterparts when employed in high-performance products that need to be lightweight, yet strong enough to sustain harsh loading conditions - such as aerospace components and protective structures in military applications- armours, helmets, and fabrications retrofitted to transport vehicles and bunkers. These are often subjected to highly dynamic loading conditions under blast and ballistic impacts. Severe impact energy involved in these dynamic loading events can initiate discrete damage modes in PMCs such as matrix cracking, matrix splitting, delamination, fibre-matrix debonding, fibre micro-buckling and fibre pull-out. Interaction of these damage modes can severely reduce the load carrying capacity of such structures. This needs to be understood to design structures with improved resistance to such loading.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Polymer matrix composite ; FE model ; Blast ; Ballistic impact