Innovative Energy Absorbing Composite Material for Crashworthy Structures
Interim rept. 1 Jun-31 Dec 2009
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK
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This research aims to develop, analyze, and evaluate a new type of structural element that will enhance the crashworthiness of naval vehicles by providing outstanding energy absorption with minimal weight. The structural element is an array of concentric fiber reinforced composite tubes with extension-twist coupling and ultra-high Poissons ratio. The tubes are configured to crush or shear internal foam as a means of absorbing energy. This interim report includes technical progress, plans, publications, and various administrative matters. In the current period, work has focused on evaluating the mechanisms of energy absorption in composite tubular structures and the development of analytical models for predicting the deformation and damage in these tubular structures. A significant effort was dedicated towards developing the manufacturing and testing technology for tubes having extension-twist coupling. This effort culminated in the successful demonstration, for the first time, of energy dissipation in extension-twist coupled tubes with sandwich foam.
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Hydraulic and Pneumatic Equipment
- Marine Engineering