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To evaluate the impact of fire on the structural response of a composite component, the thermal response of that component must first be determined. Given a moderate-intensity, short-duration, radiant heat flux with an arbitrary distribution, a three-dimensional heat transfer analysis is essential to predict properly the thermal response. A three-dimensional heat transfer model is formulated to examine the thermal response of an anisotropic composite laminate. The model permits temperature-dependent material properties, arbitrary locations of heat sources and sinks, and a wide variety of realistic boundary conditions. Good agreement between predictions and experimental results are obtained.
Assistant professor, University of Maryland, Composites Research Laboratory, College Park, MD
Lecturer, University of Maryland, Composites Research Laboratory, College Park, MD
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