The Impact Failure and Energy Dissipation Mechanism of Polyethylene Laminates
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The damage mechanism and energy dissipation of the Polyethylene (PE) laminates in impacting was investigated. It was found that the dissipated energy of the impacting sphere bullet by the 1-mm-thick PE plate firstly increased with the impacting velocity increasing from 50 to about 300 m/s, and then decreased with the impacting velocity increasing up to 600 m/s. According to the measured deformation and damage degree, a numerical simulation of the dissipated energy was made and obvious offset was found with the experimental results. The quasi-static properties of the PE fibers, decreasing with increase in tensile velocity, may be the main reason for the offset.
Key wordspolyethylene ballistic impact energy dissipation strain rate
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