X-ray tomography investigation of the impact damage mechanisms of thin-ply composites and the use of veils to improve their impact tolerance

This thesis investigates the impact response of novel laminates made with “thin-plies” as well as proposes a toughening method to improve their impact tolerance. To this purpose, we devised a wide experimental campaign combined with cutting-edge non-destructive inspection techniques such as nanometric-resolution X-ray micro-computed tomography. Overall, we gave a step forward towards the inclusion of thin-ply laminates in new commercial aircraft designs ​
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