Composite structures are extraordinarily versatile. They have been used across mechanical, aerospace, civil engineering sectors in a range of applications (airframes, new car configurations, etc). However, the certification is very expensive mainly due to the number of experimental tests required. A potential way to reduce costs is to use modelling and simulation. The problem is that modelling of composites under dynamic loading is still in its infancy. Outstanding problems include the simulation of composite subjected to dynamic loading where the behaviour change at different strain rates. This PhD aims to explore the computational solution (e.g. using Ansys/Abaqus/MATLAB or any other convenient finite element software) -at different strain rates- of: (1) impact on cross-ply composite laminates. (2) impact on textile composites panels. (3) dynamic loading of hybrid composite panels.
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