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Ballistic impact fracture behaviour of continuous fibre reinforced al-matrix composites

Ali, Al-Hamdan and Nimir, Yassin Lutfi Mahmud and Mustafa, Ramadan J. (2010) Ballistic impact fracture behaviour of continuous fibre reinforced al-matrix composites. Jordan Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 4 (5). pp. 605-614. ISSN 1995-6665

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The materials response under high energy impact loads was studied using a gas gun. The projectiles were pins 1.2-1.5 mm in diameter and weighing 0.347-0.435 g. The projectile velocity was in the range 100–1300 m/s. The remnant load carrying capability of composite samples after high velocity impact tests was measured to quantify high energy impact induced microstructural damage. The composites retained some of their load bearing capacity even after penetration of the projectile, since structural damage caused by projectiles remained localised, preventing catastrophic failure, particularly for continuous fibre reinforced Alpure matrix composites. Penetration by the projectile occurred at impact energy of about 62-65 J for the conditions investigated. The experimental findings show that the energy absorbing capacity of such composites and their ability to withstand a given blow are largely functions of fibre type and greatly influenced by the matrix ductility, fibrematrix interfacial bonding and volume fraction of reinforcing fibre. Understanding crack propagation and damage development under high energy impact loads may open new opportunities for the use of these composites in lightweight armour applications.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5985/9777
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fracture Behaviour, Composite materials, Fibre reinforced, Ceramic matrix, Metal matrix, High energy impact, High velocity.
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering
Depositing User: Fuziah Arifin
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 10:56
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 08:23
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/9777

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