WIT Press


Material Characterisation And Optimisation Of Fibre Metal Laminates

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MC030061

Volume

43

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

439.40 kb

Author(s)

R. van Rooijen, J. Sinke, T. J. de Vries & S. van der Zwaag

Abstract

Fibre Metal Laminates (FMLs) are hybrid materials consisting of alternating layers of metal sheets and composite layers (continuous, oriented fibres in an epoxy resin). The thickness of the layers is in the order of 0.3-0.5 mm and the maximum number of layers in a lay-up is unlimited. The properties of these hybrid laminates can be characterised as a mixture of the properties of metal alloys and of composite materials. Son~etin~es metal behaviour like plasticity dominates, sometimes the composite behaviour like anisotropy. The combination of the two constituents offers laminates in which a number of disadvantages of the constituents are reduced or eliminated. Research over more than 20 years at Delft University of Technology has provided extensive

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