Experimental Evaluation of Novel Composites for Use in Transport of Explosive Materials

This report describes research activities undertaken to determine the blast resistance of novel materials proposed as an alternative to materials in current use in the transportation industry. The focus of the current study is a 3D woven S-2 glass fabric manufactured by 3TEX, Inc. The project was first initiated with the design and construction of a shock tube facility. The designed shock tube is cable of producing blasts in excess of the energy output of black powder. In addition, the relative performance of three-dimensional panels from 3TEX, Inc. was initiated. Post-mortem evaluations performed on those panels indicate that the use of superimposed lighter weight plies is preferable to using heavy weight multiple plies, and by far exceeds the performance of heavy single plies of the same thickness.

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    University of Rhode Island, Kingston

    Transportation Center, 85 Briar Lane
    Kingston, RI  United States  02881

    Department of Transportation

    University Transportation Centers Program, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Rousseau, Carl-Ernst
    • Bogdanovich, Alex
    • Shukla, Arun
    • Badiger, Shrikrishna
    • Leblanc, Jim
  • Publication Date: 2005-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 46p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01002819
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: URITC FY 03-01
  • Contract Numbers: URI 500230400000000057 (Grant)
  • Files: UTC, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2005 3:41PM