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Ballistic Impact Behaviour of the Aramid and Uhmwpe Composites

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Ballistic Impact Behaviour of the Aramid and Uhmwpe Composites


This paper presents the experimental study of fiber type, fabric structure, orientation of fabric plies and thickness on the ballistic impact behavior of aramid and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) composite laminates. Aramid composite laminates are reinforced by three kinds of fabric structures and UHMWPE composite laminates are reinforced by two kinds of fabric structures. The laminates are fabricated via autoclave curing process. The ballistic behavior of composite laminates is evaluated by ballistic limit velocity, and energy absorbed at ballistic limit. Through a series of ballistic tests, it is demonstrated that unidirectional composite laminates exhibit higher ballistic limit velocity and energy absorption on unit weight basis compared to other laminates. Interesting results are shown by UD-UHMWPE-H62® and UD-UHMWPE- Endumax® fabric reinforced laminates. Orientation of fabric plies is found to have insignificant effect on ballistic behavior irrespective of material type. A bi-linear relationship is found between the ballistic limit velocity, energy absorption and specimen thickness.


Authors: Mehmet Karahan, Nevin Karahan and Abdul Jabbar


Conference: CAMX 2016 – Anaheim


SKU/Code: TP16-0010


Pages: 12

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