An analytical procedure is presented for predicting the loss in integrity of composite structures subjected to simultaneous intense heating and applied mechanical loads. An in tegral part of the method is a nonlinear, two-dimensional, finite difference thermal analysis which considers the effects of surface ablation, re-irradiation losses, and temperature-dependent thermophysical properties. Another important feature of the structural survivability model is a flat-plate finite element code, based on the Mindlin theory, which is coupled to a maximum stress failure criterion. Predictions from the analysis methodology are compared with experimental results obtained on 24, 48, and 96 ply graphite epoxy tension specimens which were spot-irradiated at various intensity levels.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ceramics and Composites
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Materials Chemistry