Fiber-metal laminate panels subjected to blast loading

G. S. Langdon, G. N. Nurick, D. Karagiozova, W. J. Cantwell

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Fiber-metal laminates (FML) are hybrid metal and composite structural materials that have been attracting interest due to the improved fatigue and impact resistance reported in the literature (J Mater Proc Tech 103:1-15, 2000; Int J Impact Eng 18(3):291-307, 1996; Compos Struct 61:73-88, 2003; Appl Comput Mater 11:295-315, 2004). Much less is known about their performance under blast loading conditions, as until recently there was very little written in the literature on this subject. This chapter reviews experimental and numerical studies that focus on the blast response of FMLs manufactured from aluminium alloy and glass fiber-reinforced polymer layers. Herein, the difference in response to localized and uniformly distributed blast loading are reviewed, application of nondimensional analysis techniques used for steel are described, and any potential advantages of FMLs over the equivalent areal density metal panels are highlighted.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationDynamic Failure of Materials and Structures
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2010


  • Aluminium
  • Blast
  • Composites
  • Debonding failure
  • Fibre metal laminates
  • Fracture
  • Impulsive loading
  • Panels
  • Plates
  • Themoplastics


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