The influence of impact energy and stacking sequence on the damage resistance and Compression After Impact (CAI) strength of Carbon and Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP and GFRP respectively) hybrid laminates is investigated. CAI tests demonstrate that, in comparison to fully CFRP laminates, hybrid laminates show increases in structural efficiency of up to 51% for laminates subject to a 12J impact and 41% for those subject to an 18J impact. Laminates displaying the highest stresses at failure are those that exploit stacking sequences and GFRP content to prevent delaminations from forming close to the outer surface of the laminate during impact. This favourable damage morphology inhibits both sublaminate-buckling-driven delamination propagation and anti-symmetric laminate buckling failures.
|Journal||Composites Part A - Applied Science and Manufacturing|
|Early online date||8 Jun 2015|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2015|
- Department of Mechanical Engineering - Professor of Aerospace Composites
- EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)
- Materials and Structures Centre (MAST)
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