Experimental analysis of ice sphere impacts on unidirectional carbon/epoxy laminates. Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2016

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 10


  • 96

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0734-743X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-3509


  • This work analyses the behaviour of carbon/epoxy unidirectional laminates subjected to high velocity impacts of ice spheres. To this end, ice projectiles were launched against composite laminates in a wide range of velocities (50 − 250 m/s). Two different ice diameters (40 and 50 mm) and two laminate thicknesses (4 and 6 mm) were considered. The internal damage was measured using both destructive and non-destructive techniques, which allow an accurate quantification of the delaminated area. Finally the influence of the different parameters considered on the damage of the laminate is analysed by means of a dimensionless variable.


  • Mechanical Engineering


  • ice behaviour; composite laminate; impact; experimental; failure mechanism; high-velocity impact; soft body impact; composite structures; damage; cfrp; behavior; resistance; failure; model; fracture