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Experimental investigation of impact on composite laminates with protective layers

Rahmé, Pierre and Bouvet, Christophe and Rivallant, Samuel and Fascio, Valia and Valembois, Guy Experimental investigation of impact on composite laminates with protective layers. (2012) Composites Science and Technology, 72 (2). 182-189. ISSN 0266-3538

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2011.10.015


This paper presents an experimental study of low energy impacts on composite plates covered with a protective layer. In service, composite materials are subjected to low energy impacts. Such impacts can generate damage in the material that results in significant reduction in material strength. In order to reduce the damage severity, one solution is to add a mechanical protection on composite structures. The protection layer is made up of a low density energy absorbent material (hollow spheres) of a certain thickness and a thin layer of composite laminate (Kevlar). Energy absorption ability of these protective layers can be deduced from the load/displacement impact curves. First, two configurations of protection are tested on an aluminium plate in order to identify their performance against impact, then the same are tested on composite plates. Test results from force–displacement curves and C-scan control are compared and discussed and finally a comparison of impact on composite plates with and without protection is made for different configurations.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-01853073
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Institution:Other partners > Applications des TEChnologies Avancées - ATECA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Conseil & Technique (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux - IMT Mines Albi (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
Région Midi-Pyrénées and DRIRE
Deposited On:09 May 2012 08:02

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