Modeling of lightning strike effects in the fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites

Olesya I. Zhupanska, Yeqing Wang

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

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The understanding of lightning strike damage mechanisms of fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites (PMCs) is of great significance in the design and development of lightning strike protection (LSP) systems for aircrafts and wind turbine blades. The recent extensive experimental studies on lightning strike response of fiber-reinforced PMCs have provided us qualitative understanding on various lightning strike damage mechanisms (e.g., delamination and ablation). However, results from those studies are unable to fully identify parameters of both lightning strike and composite materials that are affecting the lightning strike response. Theoretical analysis and effective predictive models are needed to carefully identify those parameters and provide design and optimization guidance for LSP. At this time, the available models are quite limited and still far from manurity. In this paper, we provide an overview of our recent efforts on the development of predictive models of lightning strike on composite materials, which include the determination of lightning strike boundary conditions (e.g., heat flux and current density) for composite materials and modeling of the degradation and thermal damage in composites subjected to lightning strikes. In addition, we assess limitations and provide future recommendations for this research topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105326
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2018 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2018Jan 12 2018

Publication series

NameAIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2018


OtherAIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Architecture


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