, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 1143-1153

Study of fracture features in foam bearing glass epoxy composites subjected to repeated impacts

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The paper reports the failure features observed in low mass repeatedly (pendulum) impacted glass epoxy composites with and without the mid section having either 2-layers or 3-layers of flexible foam. Features such as through width and inclined cracks as well as adhering of foam observed in the experiments are explained. The significance of the foam material in modifying the impact response of the composite is stressed.