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Dynamic fracture in carbon-fibre composites: Air-blast loading

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posted on 26.01.2017, 09:36 authored by Laurence A. Coles, Craig Tilton, Anish RoyAnish Roy, Arun Shukla, Vadim SilberschmidtVadim Silberschmidt
In this study a response of a 2x2 twill weave T300 carbon fibre/epoxy composite flat plate specimen resultant air blast dynamic response observed in is examined, using a combination of non-invasive analysis techniques. The study investigates deformation and damage following air blasts with incident pressures of 0.4 MPa, 0.6 MPa and 0.8 MPa, and wave speeds between 650m/s and 950m/s. Digital image correlation was employed to obtain displacement data from the rear surfaces of the specimens during each experiment. 3D x-ray tomography was used to visualize the resultant internal damage within the samples. It was shown that the global deformation and transitions in curvature of each specimen appear to be similar with varying out-of-plane displacements. Damage was observed to propagate from the rear surface of the specimens through to the front surface as the air blast magnitude increased.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Procedia Structural Integrity




417 - 421


COLES, L.A. al., 2016. Dynamic fracture in carbon-fibre composites: Air-blast loading. Procedia Structural Integrity, 2, pp. 417-421.


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This paper was presented at the 21st European Conference on Fracture, ECF21, 20-24 June 2016, Catania, Italy. This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution -NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: