Impact response characterization in composite plates-experimental validation

Christoforou A. P., Yigit A. S., Cantwell W. J., Yang F.

Applied Composite Materials, vol.17, no.5, pp.463-472, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Abstract
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10443-010-9140-4
  • Journal Name: Applied Composite Materials
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.463-472
  • Keywords: Characterization, Composites, Experimental, Impact response
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: No


This paper presents an experimental study for the normalized low-velocity impact response of composite plates. It is demonstrated that a characterization diagram that shows the relationship of three non-dimensional parameters with the normalized maximum impact force can be used to fully characterize the response. With the governing nondimensional parameters obtained experimentally, it is shown that impact tests having the same non-dimensional parameters, have dynamic similarity and the same non-dimensional response. Furthermore, the experiments can be placed in appropriate dynamic regions in which simplified dynamic models can be used to predict the response. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010.