Experimental study of composite fibre polymers under high speed bullet-type impact

Novel applications of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for manufacturing blades of wind and tidal turbines and propellers of boats led to their exposure to detrimental effects such as drop impingement, hail and sand impact, and cavitation. To accurately predict the mechanical performance, the behaviour of FRP composite surfaces under high rate loads should be accurately studied. This project will focus on experimental investigation of the response of FRP composites to a high velocity impact by a steel ball. The test will be conducted using a pressure gun and filmed with a high-speed camera. The surface damage will be studied by scanning with an electron microscope. The performance of FRP composites under high velocity impact will be graded. This is an experimental project.

Supervisor name: 
D. Yurchenko
Supervisor and Deputy email addresses: 
d.yurchenko@hw.ac.uk

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