Applied Composite Materials

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 605–625 | Cite as

Numerical Investigation on Water Blast Response of Freestanding Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composite Sandwich Plates with Square Honeycomb Cores

  • Hao Zhou
  • Tao Liu
  • Rui GuoEmail author
  • Rongzhong Liu
  • Pu Song


The dynamic response of freestanding carbon fiber reinforced composite sandwich plates with square honeycomb cores of different relative densities subjected to water blast is investigated by numerical simulations. The constitutive models are validated by quasi-static compression response comparisons of numerical simulations and theoretical calculations. The deformation process, core compression and momentum transmitting characteristics are analyzed and the regulations of the core compression and momentum transmitting for sandwich plates with different core relative densities are revealed. Dynamic response and protection property of composite sandwich plates and mass-equal laminate plates are compared, which indicates that the composite sandwich plates can provide superior protection from water blast than laminate plates.


Carbon fiber reinforced composite sandwich Water blast Dynamic response Numerical simulation 



This research was supported by Postgraduate Research & Practice Innovation Program of Jiangsu Province (grant number. KYCX18_0474) and China Scholarship Council and we are grateful for access to the University of Nottingham High Performance Computing Facility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringNanjing University of Science & TechnologyNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Composite Research Group, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  3. 3.Xi’an Modern Chemistry Research InstituteXi’anPeople’s Republic of China

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