Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

1-1-2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D. in Engineering Science

First Advisor

Prabhakar R. Mantena

Second Advisor

Arunachalam M. Rajendran

Third Advisor

Shan Jiang

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

Current vehicular crashworthy systems and body armor designs are effective in protecting personnel and equipment from disaster due to their energy absorbing characteristics. However, little is understood about how to replicate naturally occurring designs through man-made techniques, and the role of functional grading to further improve the performance of such protective systems. This research investigates an advanced material system analogous to a bio-inspired functionally graded material that will serve as a protective system for the mitigation of dynamic events such as low-velocity impact and/or blast loading.

Concentration/Emphasis

Mechanical engineering

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