Near Field Underwater Explosion Response of Polyurea Coated Composite Plates
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An experimental study with corresponding numerical simulations has been conducted to evaluate the response of E-Glass / Epoxy composite plates, including polyurea coating effects, subjected to near field underwater explosion (UNDEX) loading. Experiments are performed in a water filled blast tank in which the including transient plate response during the UNDEX loading is measured utilizing high speed photography coupled with Digital Image Correlation. The experimental results show that the transient response of the plate is improved through the use of a thicker plate or through the application of a polyurea coating, although there is a weight penalty associated with the additional material which should be considered. Corresponding computational models of the experiments have been conducted with the commercial finite element code LS-Dyna. The simulations are shown to have a high level of correlation to the experimental data.
LeBlanc, J., C. Shillings, E. Gauch, F. Livolsi, and A. Shukla. "Near Field Underwater Explosion Response of Polyurea Coated Composite Plates." Experimental Mechanics 56, 4 (2016): 569-581. doi:10.1007/s11340-015-0071-8.