Experimental Investigation on the Low Velocity Impact Response of Fibre Foam Metal Laminates Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2021

start page

  • 5510 (1)

end page

  • 5510 (22)


  • 19


  • 14

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1996-1944


  • The combination of fibre metal laminates (FML) and sandwich structures can significantly increase the performance under impact of FMLs. The goal of this work was to create a material that will combine the superior properties of FMLs and foam sandwich structures in terms of the impact resistance and simultaneously have lower density and fewer disadvantages related to the manufacturing. An extensive impact testing campaign has been done using conventional fibre metal laminates (carbon- and glass-based) and in the proposed fibre foam metal laminates to assess and compare their behaviour. The main difference was observed in the energy absorption mechanisms. The dominant failure mechanism for fibre foam laminates is the formation of delaminations and matrix cracks while in the conventional fibre metal laminate the main failure mode is fibre cracking due to high local stress concentrations. The reduction in the fibre cracking leads to a better after-impact resistance of this type of structure improving the safety of the structures manufactured with these materials


  • Materials science and engineering


  • fibre metal laminates; foam laminates; composite failure; impact