Impact damage to thick carbon fibre reinforced plastic composite laminates

CEP Breen, FJ Guild, MJ Pavier

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Recently, very thick section laminates, up to 20 mm in thickness, have been proposed for the wing skins of large aircraft. Composite components in all aircraft have concerns relating to the presence of accidental damage, but there has been little work to investigate the mechanisms and effects of damage in such thick sections. In this work, carbon fibre composite laminates of up to 12 mm thickness have been subjected to dropped-weight impacts of at most 375 J. Two types of impacts were considered. The first is a central impact where the laminate is completely supported and the second a near edge impact where the laminate is partially supported so that one of its edges is free. The geometry of the damage has been studied using C-scan and deply techniques. The residual strengths of the impact-damaged laminates have been measured in tension and compression. The geometry of damage and level of strength reduction is different for central and edge impacts. Generally, an edge impact causes a greater reduction in compressive strength while a central impact causes more tensile strength reduction.
Translated title of the contributionImpact damage to thick carbon fibre reinforced plastic composite laminates
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6718 - 6724
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Volume41 (20)
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

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Publisher: Springer


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