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Failure Mechanisms in Polymer Matrix Composites by E Greenhalgh, S Pinho, P Robinson

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Failure of polymer matrix composites in defence applications

K. Dragan and A. Leski,     Air Force Institute of Technology, Poland

Abstract:

In this chapter the application of polymer composites in defense applications is presented. Currently, more applications in vehicles, armor and aerospace are connected with composite structures; the main reasons being their unique features: light weight, corrosion resistance and excellent strength to weight ratio. The ballistic damage issues connected with the durability of composite and structure implications of helicopter main rotor blades are described. The importance of integrity monitoring (non-destructive testing) methods with a novel signal processing approach are explained as the techniques ...

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