Explosion Blast Response of Composites

Explosion Blast Response of Composites

1st Edition - May 22, 2017

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  • Editors: Adrian Mouritz, Yapa Rajapakse
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020920
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020937

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Explosion Blast Response of Composites contains key information on the effects of explosions, shock waves, and detonation products (e.g. fragments, shrapnel) on the deformation and damage to composites. The book considers the blast response of laminates and sandwich composites, along with blast mitigation of composites (including coating systems and energy absorbing materials). Broken down under the following key themes: Introduction to explosive blast response of composites, Air explosion blast response of composites, Underwater explosion blast response of composites, and High strain rate and dynamic properties of composites, the book deals with an important and contemporary topic due to the extensive use of composites in applications where explosive blasts are an ever-present threat, such as military aircraft, armoured vehicles, naval ships and submarines, body armour, and other defense applications. In addition, the growing use of IEDs and other types of bombs used by terrorists to attack civilian and military targets highlights the need for this book. Many terrorist attacks occur in subways, trains, buses, aircraft, buildings, and other civil infrastructure made of composite materials. Designers, engineers and terrorist experts need the essential information to protect civilians, military personnel, and assets from explosive blasts.

Key Features

  • Focuses on key aspects, including both modeling, analysis, and experimental work
  • Written by leading international experts from academia, defense agencies, and other organizations
  • Timely book due to the extensive use of composites in areas where explosive blasts are an ever-present threat in military applications


Designers and manufacturing industry of composites for aircraft, rail carriages, ships, buildings, bridges, and body armour, armoured vehicles; Researchers in composite materials, composite structures, energy absorbing systems, dynamic and high strain rate, safety and reliability; Homeland security and military and defence agencies

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to explosive blast loading of composites
    2. Physics of air, underwater and fragmentation blast loading of structures
    3. Blast impact survivability - A life of deforming, fracturing and fragmenting
    4. Blast loading of fibre reinforced composite structures
    5. Response of glass fibre reinforced polymer laminates and sandwich structures to explosive blast loading in air
    6. The dynamic behaviour of composite panels subjected to air blast loading: Experiment and theory
    7. Effect of explosive blast loading on the microstructure of polymer composites and sandwich structures
    8. Computational methods to predict the non-linear dynamic response of blast loaded laminated composite plates
    9. Computational modeling of damage in heterogeneous materials at micro/meso length scales under shock loading
    10. Explosive blast response of composites following seawater immersion
    11. Comparative assessment of the explosive blast response of composite and metals used on naval ships
    12. Design and modelling of bio-inspired lightweight composite panels for blast and impact resistance
    13. Air and underwater blast performance of composite materials
    14. Observations and modelling of the response of composite plates to underwater blast
    15. Shock initiated damage and instabilities in underwater structures
    16. Analytical and computational modelling of the response of composite plates to underwater blast
    17. Experimental techniques and testing of lightweight naval structures against primary weapons effects
    18. High strain rate and blast response of syntactic foam cores and sandwich composites
    19. Study of hydrodynamic ram effect on composite structures
    20. Blast mitigation of defence structures using protective water containers

Product details

  • No. of pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2017
  • Published: May 22, 2017
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020920
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020937

About the Editors

Adrian Mouritz

Professor Mouritz is a world-leading expert on composite materials, having worked in field as an academic and defence researcher for over 25 years and published 5 books, nearly 20 book chapters and over 150 journal papers on composites. Dr Mouritz is a leading authority on the explosive blast response of composite materials and structures.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Dean, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Yapa Rajapakse

Dr. Rajapakse is a world-leading expert on composite materials for naval ships, and has led the solid mechanics research program at the United States Office of Naval Research for over 20 years. Dr Rajapakse has led one of the largest research programs into the explosive blast response and blast mitigation of composite materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Program Manager, Solid Mechanics, Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA, USA

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