Low velocity impact of electrified assembled CFRP composite plates

Robert L. Sierakowski, Igor Y. Telitchev, Olesya I. Zhupanska

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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The present work is a continuation of our ongoing efforts focused on the investigation of the effects of an electromagnetic field on the impact response of carbon fiber polymer matrix composites. In this work we present new experimental results on the low velocity impact of electrified assembled carbon fiber polymer matrix unidirectional and cross-ply composites. Assembled plates consisted of two 16-ply unidirectional or 16-ply cross-ply composite plates attached to each other; 32-ply unidirectional and 32-ply cross-ply "monolithic" composite plates were considered as well. The impact tests results on these electrified two-plate assemblies of composite plates confirmed the conjecture established earlier for the "monolithic" unidirectional composite plates that an increase in the magnitude of the applied electric current leads to a sharp increase in the maximum impact load sustained by unidirectional composites. Furthermore, application of an electric current results in a reduction of the visible damage of the two-plate assembly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication17th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conf., 11th AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Conf., 10th AIAA Gossamer Spacecraft Forum, 5th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conf., MDO
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781563479731
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
ISSN (Print)0273-4508

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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