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Low velocity impact of thick maritime composites

Dr Andrew Phillips, Defence Scientist, Defence Science and Technology Group


The ocean and waterways of the world contain many objects that can deleteriously damage a vessel on impact. These impactors include ice, wood (e.g. pallets, lumber, trees), metal (e.g. shipping containers, cables, other vessels) as well as large marine animals. Polymer composites used in structural marine applications are typically thick and solid so that they can withstand the high fluid forces, and also can be highly curved for improved hydrodynamic performance. While collision performance of thinner aerospace composites has been extensively analysed, little is known about the performance of these thicker complex shaped composite structures.


Dr Andrew Phillips joined the Acoustic Materials System group in the Maritime Division of the Defence Science and Technology Group which is part of the Australian Department of Defence in 2012. Andrew received a PhD in Materials Engineering at Monash University in 2011. His current research interests include: advanced composite structures for naval applications, automated composite manufacture methods, failure analysis, fluid-structure interaction and more recently acoustic materials.