In the world of powerboats competition, the high-performance sandwich-structured composites have completely replaced traditional materials. During the competition, the structure of this kind of ships is subjected to repeated impacts. It is then fundamental to understand the damage evolution in order to select the most appropriate materials and increase safety issues. The present study is aimed at analysing the behaviour of sandwich-structured composites undergoing repeated low-energy impacts. Three different materials have been analysed. Two are sandwich-structured composites used for the cockpit of offshore powerboats and differing only by the core cell thickness. The third material is composed only by the skin of the same sandwich structures, without the core. Impacts were made at three different energy levels: 15, 17.5 and 20 J. In addition to the parameters typically used for the assessment of the impact damage, a new damage assessment has been carried out by means of three-dimensional optical measurements of the imprinted volumes resulting from the impact events. This approach has allowed the definition of a correlation between the imprinted volumes and the number of impacts, until the complete perforation, for each single specimen. Finally, thanks to usual indexes and the imprinted volumes, some considerations are developed about the influence of the core cell thickness in powerboats design.

Optical measurements and experimental investigations in repeated low-energy impacts in powerboat sandwich composites

CUCINOTTA, Filippo
Primo
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RISITANO, GIACOMO
Penultimo
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SFRAVARA, FELICE
Ultimo
2017

Abstract

In the world of powerboats competition, the high-performance sandwich-structured composites have completely replaced traditional materials. During the competition, the structure of this kind of ships is subjected to repeated impacts. It is then fundamental to understand the damage evolution in order to select the most appropriate materials and increase safety issues. The present study is aimed at analysing the behaviour of sandwich-structured composites undergoing repeated low-energy impacts. Three different materials have been analysed. Two are sandwich-structured composites used for the cockpit of offshore powerboats and differing only by the core cell thickness. The third material is composed only by the skin of the same sandwich structures, without the core. Impacts were made at three different energy levels: 15, 17.5 and 20 J. In addition to the parameters typically used for the assessment of the impact damage, a new damage assessment has been carried out by means of three-dimensional optical measurements of the imprinted volumes resulting from the impact events. This approach has allowed the definition of a correlation between the imprinted volumes and the number of impacts, until the complete perforation, for each single specimen. Finally, thanks to usual indexes and the imprinted volumes, some considerations are developed about the influence of the core cell thickness in powerboats design.
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