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The blast response of composite and fibre-metal laminate materials used in aerospace applications

G.S. Langdon1,  and W.J. Cantwell2     1University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa     2Khalifa University of Science, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abstract

The blast behaviour of composite materials is a subject of growing importance generally due to the ever-present threat of subversive activity. The aircraft industry will employ composite materials more frequently in the future as they are lightweight, offer superior fatigue resistance, life cycle cost savings, fuel efficiency and (in some cases) improved impact properties, when compared with monolithic metals such as aluminium alloy. However, little is known about their response to blast ...

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