A Review of Research on Impulsive Loading of Marine Composites

  • Maurizio PorfiriEmail author
  • Nikhil Gupta


Impulsive loading conditions, such as those produced by blast waves, are being increasingly recognized as relevant in marine applications. Significant research efforts are directed towards understanding the impulsive loading response of traditional naval materials, such as aluminum and steel, and advanced composites, such as laminates and sandwich structures. Several analytical studies are directed towards establishing predictive models for structural response and failure of marine structures under blast loading. In addition, experimental research efforts are focused on characterizing structural response to blast loading. The aim of this review is to provide a general overview of the state of the art on analytical and experimental studies in this field that can serve as a guideline for future research directions. Reported studies cover the Office of Naval Research-Solid Mechanics Program sponsored research along with other worldwide research efforts of relevance to marine applications. These studies have contributed to developing a fundamental knowledge of the mechanics of advanced materials subjected to impulsive loading, which is of interest to all Department of Defense branches.


Shock Tube Blast Wave Glass Fiber Reinforce Polymeric Face Sheet Standoff Distance 
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This work is supported by the Office of Naval Research grant N00014-07-1-0419 with Dr. Y.D.S. Rajapakse as the program manager. Views expressed herein are those of authors, and not of the funding agency. The authors acknowledge Mr. G. Tagliavia for his help in collecting literature and Dr. S.D. Peterson for his careful review of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPolytechnic Institute of New York UniversityBrooklyn

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