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Design optimisation of auxetic composite structures under blast loading

G Imbalzano, P Tran, S Linforth, T NGO, P Lee

CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group) | Published : 2016


Novel advanced manufacturing and material fabrication techniques led to the development of smart and lightweight composite panels. These novel sandwich panels can be used in a large number of different applications (e.g. in defense, civil, and aerospace sectors). Moreover, their effectiveness in extreme scenarios (e.g. blasts, impacts and fires) is a critical topic currently under study. In particular, this paper explores the design of a lightweight auxetic (negative Poisson’s ratio) structure and its behaviour under blast loading. It is fundamental to understand the energy absorption mechanisms under extreme loadings to obtain a significant increase of safety for light armoured vehicles and..

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