A review of research on impulsive loading of marine composites

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMajor Accomplishments in Composite Materials and Sandwich Structures
Subtitle of host publicationAn Anthology of ONR Sponsored Research
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9789048131402
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)


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