Ballistic performance evaluation of woven fabrics based on experimental and numerical approaches

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Woven fabrics made by high performance fibrous materials play dominant role in ballistic armour applications. This chapter will introduce body armour materials developed over the years, ballistic impact mechanisms and factors affecting ballistic performance of a woven fabric. Ballistic testing techniques namely ballistic energy absorption, ballistic resistance and ballistic limit V50 test will be discussed. Experimental test of ballistic performance of a woven fabric has its limitations. In this chapter, techniques for generating three-dimensional continuum finite element models to simulate ballistic impact event will be reported. The results between experiment and model simulation will be compared for model validation. The simulation will be used to find information for ballistic fabric engineering which is not easily obtained through experiments. The information provided will help in ballistic fabric and panel design and engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Fibrous Composite Materials for Ballistic Protection
EditorsXiaogang Chen
PublisherWoodhead Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781782424840
ISBN (Print)9781782424611
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Body armour
  • Ballistic performance evaluation
  • woven fabric
  • practical test
  • numerical simulation


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