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PhD Thesis: Advanced materials for composite armour

Author: ZHU, Fuyou

Year: 2009

Supervisor(s): Asa Barber

The major purpose of this work is to incorporate new materials and new configurations into composite integral armour. The underlying premise is that ballistic performance of new armour is judged mainly by single hit ballistic limit followed by damage resistance which in turn followed by energy absorption in high energy low velocity impact. Computer simulation of 3D textile composites and damage mechanism study were used throughout the study for analysing and explaining experimental results.

Judged by these properties, conclusions regarding the ballistic performance of eight 3D textile composites were made. The benefit of the work will be a new explanation of composite armour research. This will help the success of future combat systems.