Impact Damage Tolerance of Composite Cylindrical Panels

  title={Impact Damage Tolerance of Composite Cylindrical Panels},
  author={Eugene A. Senn},
Abstract : This thesis studied the impact damage tolerance of composite cylindrical panels subjected to low velocity impacts. Graphite/Epoxy and Kevlar/ Polyester panels were investigated. A simple method was devised to model the material as an orthotropic laminate. A nonlinear collapse analysis was performed to predict the strength of the undamaged panels. The sensitivity of the composite panel to small imperfections accounts for the difference between analytical and experimental loads… CONTINUE READING