Date of Award
M.S. in Engineering Science
A. M. Rajendran
The following is a summary of research for a portion of the project titled Nano-Enhanced and Bio-Inspired Composite Materials for Mitigation and Protection of TIH Railcars and Stationary Tanks Against High Power Impact. This research investigated several nano-enhanced polymers for their suitability in high-speed impact protection applications. The polymers were tested mechanically to find ideal nano-particle additive percentages then coated onto steel substrates. These coated substrates were impacted using 0.50-caliber projectiles in order to find the ballistic limit (V50) for each combination. Computer modeling in ANSYS AUTODYN was undertaken to calculate a numerical ballistic limit for each plate configuration. The experimental and numerical V50 values were compared to determine the adequacy of the solver to accurately replicate the ballistic limit experiments.
Fowler, Miles Coleman, "Experimental and numerical analysis of nano-enhanced polymer coated steel plates subjected to ballistic loading" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1293.
Emphasis: Civil Engineering