Effect of fiber orientation and cross section of composite tubes on their energy absorption ability in axial dynamic loading
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The crushing behavior of composite tubes in axial impact loading is investigated. Tubes of circular and rectangular cross section are simulated using an LS-DYNA software. The effect of fiber orientation on the energy absorbed in laminated composite tubes is also studied. The results obtained show that rectangular tubes absorb less energy than circular ones, and their maximum crushing load is also lower. The composite tubes with a [+θ/ -θ] lay-up configuration absorb a minimum amount of energy at θ = 15°. The simulation results for a rectangular composite tube with a [+30/–30] lay-up configuration are compared with available experimental data. Cylindrical composite tubes fabricated from woven glass/polyester composites with different lay-ups were also tested using a drop-weight impact tester, and very good agreement between experimental and numerical results is achieved.
Keywordscrushing composite material circular and rectangular tubes axial impact loading, absorbed energy
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