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Critical Velocity of High-Performance Yarn Transversely Impacted by Different Indenters

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posted on 2019-05-15, 14:16 authored by Boon Him LimBoon Him Lim
Critical velocity is defined as projectile striking velocity that causes instantaneous rupture of the specimen under transverse impact. The main goal of this dissertation was to determine the critical velocities of a Twaron® 2040 warp yarn impacted by different round indenters. Special attention was placed to develop models to predict the critical velocities when transversely impacted by the indenters. An MTS 810 load frame was utilized to perform quasi-static transverse and uniaxial tension experiments to examine the stress concentration and the constitutive mechanical properties of the yarn which were used as an input to the models. A gas/powder gun was utilized to perform ballistic experiments to evaluate the critical velocities of a Twaron® 2040 warp yarn impacted by four different type of round projectiles. These projectiles possessed a radius of curvature of 2 μm, 20 μm, 200 μm and 2 mm. The results showed that as the projectile radius of curvature increased, the critical velocity also increased. However, these experimental critical velocities showed a demonstrated reduction as compared to the classical theory. Post-mortem analysis via scanning electron microscopy on the recovered specimens revealed that the fibers failure surfaces changed from shear to fibrillation as the radius of curvature of the projectile increased. To improve the prediction capability, two additional models, Euler-Bernoulli beam and Hertzian contact, were developed to predict the critical velocity. For the Euler–Bernoulli beam model, the critical velocity was obtained by assuming the specimen ruptured instantaneously when the maximum flexural strain reached the ultimate tensile strain of the yarn upon impact. On the other hand, for the Hertzian contact model, the yarn was assumed to fail when the indentation depth was equivalent to the diameter of the yarn. Unlike Smith theory, the Euler-Bernoulli beam model underestimated the critical velocity for all cases. The Hertzian model was capable of predicting the critical velocities of a Twaron® 2040 yarn transversely impacted by 2 μm and 20 μm round projectiles.


US Army PEO Soldier (W91CRB-14-C-0025)


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Aeronautics and Astronautics

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Weinong W. Chen

Additional Committee Member 2

James F. Doyle

Additional Committee Member 3

Michael D. Sangid

Additional Committee Member 4

Wenbin Yu

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