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Impact Damage

  1. Fujia Chen1,
  2. John M. Hodgkinson2

Published Online: 15 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc111

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

How to Cite

Chen, F. and Hodgkinson, J. M. 2011. Impact Damage. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–14.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

  2. 2

    Imperial College London, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2011


Composite structures are susceptible to impact damage. Here we discuss the damage of composites subjected to impact with different velocity and energy. We summarize the testing and evaluation methods of impact resistance and damage toleration and conclude the effects of composite fiber structures and material properties on impact damage. Finally, we discuss the theoretical and numerical analyses of impact damage on composites.


  • impact velocity;
  • impact energy;
  • impact testing;
  • damage;
  • damage tolerance;
  • nondestructive evaluation;
  • analysis