Table of Contents
Journal of Structures
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 487809, 6 pages
Research Article

Study of CRFP Shell Structures under Dynamic Loading in Shock Tube Setup

1Department of Engineering and Safety, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
2Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, Kirkegårdsveien 45, 3616 Kongsberg, Norway
3Faculty of Technology, Narvik University College, Narvik, Norway

Received 4 August 2014; Accepted 16 November 2014; Published 4 December 2014

Academic Editor: Zhongwei Guan

Copyright © 2014 H. A. Khawaja et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The paper gives the study of the response of carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CRFP) quasi-isotropic shell structures under the influence of dynamic loading. The quasi-isotropic CRFP shell specimens are fabricated using Multipreg E720 laminates. These laminates are laid in such a way that shell structure has equal strength and mechanical properties in the two-dimensional (2D) plane and hence can be regarded as quasi-isotropic. In this study, the dynamic loading is generated using shock waves in a shock tube experimental setup. The strain and pressure data is collected from the experiments. Additional tests are carried out using Material Test System (MTS) for both tensile and flexural response of CRFP. Results obtained from experiments are compared with numerical simulations using ANSYS Multiphysics 14.0 finite element method (FEM) package. The numerical simulation and experimental results are found to be in good agreement.