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The use of a controlled multiple quasi-static indentation test to characterise through-thickness penetration of composite panels

Sirichantra, J, Ogin, SL and Jesson, DA (2012) The use of a controlled multiple quasi-static indentation test to characterise through-thickness penetration of composite panels Composites Part B: Engineering, 43 (2). 655 - 662. ISSN 1359-8368

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Abstract

During the quasi-static indentation of thin composite panels, well-defined flaps (sometimes called ‘‘petals’’) can develop on the exit face as a consequence of through-thickness penetration of the panel; such flaps can also be seen in impact tests. The flaps develop as four triangles, with the apex of each triangle at the point of impact. In this work, thin panels of CFRP with a 0/90 configuration have been subjected to quasi-static indentation tests and the development of the flaps has been monitored. The results show that the dependence of the flap compliance is proportional to the square of the flap length, which is in agreement with theoretical predictions. The determination of the compliance/crack-length relationship enables a toughness value for fracture of the composite panel to be derived that is directly relevant to through-thickness penetration of the panel.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Composites Part B: Engineering. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Composites Part B: Engineering, 43(2), March 2012, DOI 10.1016/j.compositesb.2011.08.028.
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2012 08:22
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:31
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/693266

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