Progressive Impact Damage Assessment in Composite Pressure Vessels

by M. Yener, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
E. Wolcott, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


At the present time, advanced composites have been widely accepted as engineering materials. Analysis techniques for the response of composite materials and structures to static loads are reasonably well established. Composite materials are susceptible to low velocity and low energy impact damage. Recently, the damage inflicted by such impact has been a subject of great interest. This paper primarily illustrates that it is possible to quantitatively assess damage due to any type of unexpected loading, including impact, using progressive failure finite element analysis.

Subject Headings: Composite materials | Composite structures | Finite element method | Pressure vessels | Impact loads | Static loads | Failure analysis | Equations of motion

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