The focus of this chapter is on characterizing and developing a robust and reliable material model for dry, woven fabrics. These materials have the capability of protecting systems that are subjected to impact, including high-velocity ballistic impacts such as those seen in propulsion engines' fan-containment systems and soft body armor. A framework is described for obtaining the material properties, building and using a finite element model suitable for explicit finite element analysis, and ensuring that the results are correct. Examples of finite element models used for high-velocity impact analysis are discussed. The chapter concludes with discussions on future trends in materials development, experimental techniques and modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Fibrous Composite Materials for Ballistic Protection
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781782424840
ISBN (Print)9781782424611
StatePublished - Feb 12 2016


  • Ballistic and blast mitigation
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Dry and woven fabrics
  • Experimental techniques
  • Explicit finite element analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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