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In this work a numerical methodology to predict the behavior of composite unidirectional laminates under high velocity impact is developed. In order to validate the model, experimental results of high velocity impacts of steel sphere against laminate coupons, were accomplished. The residual velocity in case of penetration and the damaged area in the panel are the variables chosen to validate the results obtained in the numerical methodology proposed. Finally an analysis of the influence of the projectile geometry is accomplished. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.