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Title: Ballistic performance of thermoplastic composite laminates made from aramid woven fabric and polypropylene matrix
Authors: Carrillo, JG
Gamboa, RA
Flores-Johnson, EA
Gonzalez-Chi, PI
Keywords: THERMOPLASTICS
MATRIX MATERIALS
POLYPROPYLENE
PENETRATION DEPTH
BONDING
ARMOR
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Carrillo, J.G., Gamboa, R.A., Flores-Johnson, E. A., Gonzalez-Chi, P. I. (2012). Ballistic performance of thermoplastic composite laminates made from aramid woven fabric and polypropylene matrix. Polymer Testing, 31(4), 512-519.
Abstract: The ballistic behavior of multi-layer Kevlar (R) aramid fabric/polypropylene (PP) composite laminate (CL) and plain layered aramid fabric (AF) impact specimens was investigated. It was found that the thermoplastic PP matrix increases the ballistic performance of CL targets when compared to AF targets with similar areal density, resulting in less aramid fabric needed to obtain the same level of protection when the PP matrix is incorporated. It was found that the improved ballistic performance of CL targets is due to the fact that the thermoplastic matrix enables energy absorbing mechanisms such as fabric/matrix debonding and delamination. The ballistic limit and penetration threshold energy of the CL configurations, which were predicted using an empirical model, were found to be higher than those of the AF targets. These results show that aramid fabric/PP laminates should be further studied for improved ballistic performance at lower costs. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymertesting.2012.02.010
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ISSN: 0142-9418
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