Finite Element Study of a Composite Tube Under Impact Load 2002-01-0723
Composite materials can be used effectively for structural applications where high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios are required. Although the design and analysis techniques for static, buckling and vibration loadings are fairly well established, methodologies for analysis of composite structures under impact loading are still a major research activity. This paper presents a nonlinear finite-element analysis method to analyze a composite structure subjected to axial impact load. The analysis was performed using MSC/DYTRAN FE code while pre and post processing were done using MSC/PATRAN program. In addition, a steel tube of the same geometry was analyzed for comparison purpose.