Penetration Failure Mechanisms of Armor-Grade Fiber Composites under Impact

  title={Penetration Failure Mechanisms of Armor-Grade Fiber Composites under Impact},
  author={B. L. Lee and Trevor F. Walsh and Si-Tae Won and H. M. Patts and J. W. Song and A. Mayer},
  journal={Journal of Composite Materials},
  pages={1605 - 1633}
  • B. Lee, T. F. Walsh, A. Mayer
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Materials Science, Engineering
  • Journal of Composite Materials
The penetration failure mechanisms of“armor-grade” fiber-reinforced composites with very low resin content were assessed under transverse impact loading in comparison with those of dry reinforcing fabrics. Failure of dry fabrics consisted of the successive fracture of individual yarns along the periphery of the penetrating head as well as the movement of yarns slipping off from the penetrator. In contrast, the principal yarns in the composites, which faced the penetrating head, failed to carry… 
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