Energy Absorption and Progressive Failure Response of Composite Fuselage Frames
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A mathematical model developed to optimize open section curved composite frames for improved energy absorption is used to redesign the I-section frames by resizing the flanges. The test results of the redesigned frames show that the mathematical model predicted the correct sequence and locations of the failure events. However, the mathematical model does not predict the magnitude of the force and displacement at the first major failure event, which maybe due to the fact that delamination is not included in the progressive failure model
Tests results from two of the J-section frames are compared with a beam finite element analysis using the computer code ABAQUS. Effective elastic moduli for the textile material are obtained from the computer code TEXCAD. The ABAQUS results correlate reasonably well with the experimental results prior to the first major failure enent.
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