Experimental investigation of free-field and shockinitiated implosion of composite structures

Michael A Pinto, University of Rhode Island


The use of composites has attracted attention in underwater marine applications due to the array of advantages offered by these materials. Composite materials offer alternatives with reduced weight, improved corrosion resistance, and for submerged structures, greater potential operating depths. In addition, these materials provide improved stealth qualities by having very low thermal, acoustic, and magnetic signatures, increasing their appeal for military applications. For these reasons, the presence of composite materials in marine industries is increasing, and are currently used in several naval applications, such as sonar domes, masts, and hull sheathings. One of the biggest obstacles to widespread adaptation of composite materials is a lack of complete understanding and simple design rules for these materials, especially under extreme loading conditions. For this reason, the present work looks to expand the current knowledge of composite behavior by examining the problem of implosion. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.)^

Subject Area

Mechanical engineering

Recommended Citation

Michael A Pinto, "Experimental investigation of free-field and shockinitiated implosion of composite structures" (2016). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI10100311.