Impact damage in structures made out of composite materials is a major concern since such damage can be introduced during the life of the structure, and its mechanical properties can be drastically reduced as a result. In a previous review of the literature on impact on composite materials, this author considered 285 published before 1989. In this article over 300 articles most of which appeared after 1989 are reviewed. These figures indicate that this is a very active area of research, and the present paper seeks to present a comprehensive view of the latest developments. Taken together, these two reviews present a comprehensive view of the state of knowledge in the area. Most the current research effort is focused on low velocity impact damage and, in particular, the damage predictions and the evaluation and prediction of residual properties of damaged laminates. A significant number of papers deal with ballistic impacts on laminated composites and the use of composite materials in designing light armor. © 1994 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


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01 Jan 1994