Engineering Transactions, 57, 1, pp. 17–34, 2009

Parameter selection rules for elements of energy-absorbing structures

S. OCHELSKI
Military Academy of Technology Department of Mechanics and Applied Computer Science

T. NIEZGODA
Military Academy of Technology Department of Mechanics and Applied Computer Science

The paper presents the results of an experimental program and gives suggestions on the
design of an energy-absorbing structure with respect to the kinetic energy of impact. The
presented results account for the influence of the following factors on the energy-absorbing
capability: matrix and reinforcement type, structure, shape and thickness of elements.
Keywords: polymer composites, absorption energy, experimental testing
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