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Comparative assessment of hybrid composite sandwich panels under blast loading / Emily Rolfe; Hari Arora; Paul A. Hooper; John P. Dear
ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials
Swansea University Author: Hari, Arora
The use of composite sandwich structures across multiple disciplines, including the naval sector, is ever increasing. A combination of high specific strength, corrosion resistance and low radar signature make composite sandwich structures an attractive material choice. However, the brittle behaviour...
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The use of composite sandwich structures across multiple disciplines, including the naval sector, is ever increasing. A combination of high specific strength, corrosion resistance and low radar signature make composite sandwich structures an attractive material choice. However, the brittle behaviour of the composite skins results in overdesign of composite sandwich components, counteracting their weight saving benefits. Since naval vessels must withstand a range of loads including blast loading, representative materials need to be tested under real blast conditions in order to avoid unnecessary safety factors and overdesign. The research detailed here is concerned with full-scale air blast testing of two composite sandwich panels with different glass-fibre/carbon-fibre hybrid face-sheets. The panels were subjected to a 100 kg nitromethane charge at 15 m stand-off distance. High speed 3D digital image correlation was used to record the displacement of the rear skins of the sandwich panels during the blast event. Strain gauges were adhered to the front skins of the panels to enable comparison between the front and rear skins at certain locations. Overall the two sandwich panels demonstrated similar deflection and strain. Under blast loading the presence of both types of fibres is the key factor not the position of each fibre fabric layer.
Published by: Applied Mechanics Laboratory