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Impact Damage Monitoring in Composite Plates

[+] Author Affiliations
Frank J. Shih

Seattle University

Sauvik Banerjee, Ajit K. Mal

University of California at Los Angeles

Paper No. IMECE2004-61868, pp. 321-327; 7 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Applied Mechanics Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4702-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


This paper is concerned with the real-time detection of internal damage in composite structural components during impact using the far-field surface motion generated by these events. Impact tests are carried out on graphite epoxy composite plates using an instrumented impact testing system. Contact force and surface motion are measured at several locations on the plate surface. The far-field surface motions, both flexural and extensional waves in the composite plate, are modeled using both approximate and exact solution methods. Postimpact test were performed to determine the extent of internal damage caused by the impact load. Further research on the detection method can lead to the development of a viable impact monitoring system for composite aerospace structures using distributed sensors.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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