Accession Number:

ADA503529

Title:

Multi-Scale Modeling and Large-Scale Transient Simulation of Ballistic Fabric

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV PALO ALTO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Ballistic fabrics such as Kevlar and Zylon are finding new uses not only as shielding for personnel but also in commercial and military aircraft protecting flight-critical components in the event of a high-speed ballistic impact. Since experimental tests on these materials are often expensive and time consuming, a computational model amenable to largescale numerical simulations on massively parallel processors would provide an ideal alternative. To this effect, a novel multi-scale approach has been developed for modeling ballistic fabric that extracts information from the micro-scale fibril material properties to build the macro-scale sheet. This approach incorporates the stochastic nature of the material due to the random variations in the yarn caused by the weaving process. Representing these variations is critical to capturing the heterogeneous damage and failure of the material as confirmed by experimental tests. A parallel implementation of the proposed multi-scale method has been developed with particular attention to the contact problem. The paper will focus on all of these issues and report on massively parallel large-scale computations for large sheet applications with both performance and validation results.

Subject Categories:

  • Laminates and Composite Materials
  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE