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Soft impact responses of laminated glass simulated with the combined finite-discrete element method


Chen, X and Chan, AHC, Soft impact responses of laminated glass simulated with the combined finite-discrete element method, Engineering Computations, 35, (3) pp. 1460-1480. ISSN 0264-4401 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2018. Emerald Publishing Limited.

DOI: doi:10.1108/EC-10-2017-0386


Purpose: This paper aims to investigate the responses of laminated glass under soft body impact, including elastic impact and fracture/fragmentation consideration. Design/methodology/approach: The simulation uses the combined finite-discrete element method (FDEM) which combines finite element mesh into discrete elements, enabling the accurate prediction of contact force and deformation. Material rupture is modelled with a cohesive fracture criterion, evaluating the process from continua to discontinua. Findings: Responses of laminated glass under soft impact (both elastic and fracture) agree well with known data. Crack initiation time in laminated glass increases with the increase of the outside glass thickness. With the increase of Eprojectile, failure mode is changing from flexural to shear, and damage tends to propagate longitudinally when the contact surface increases. Results show that the FDEM is capable of modelling soft impact behaviour of laminated glass successfully. Research limitations/implications: The work is done in 2D, and it will not represent fully the 3D mechanisms. Originality/value: Elastic and fracture behaviour of laminated glass under soft impact is simulated using the 2D FDEM. Limited work has been done on soft impact of laminated glass with FDEM, and special research endeavours are warranted. Benchmark examples and discussions are provided for future research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Damage, combined finite-discrete element method (FDEM), glass, laminated glass,soft impact
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Construction materials
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction materials performance and processes
Objective Field:Glass materials
UTAS Author:Chan, AHC (Professor Andrew Chan)
ID Code:151982
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2022-08-09
Last Modified:2022-11-28

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