Numerical Simulation of Direct Effects of Lightning Strike on Aircraft Skin Composite Laminate

Muhammad Khalil, Nader Abuelfoutouh, Gasser Abdelal, Adrian Murphy

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Nowadays, the direct effects of lightning to aircrafts are of great importance because of the massive use of composite materials. In comparison with metallic materials, composites present several weaknesses for lightning strike direct effects. Especially, their low electrical and thermal conductivities, which lead to severe lightning strike damage. The lightning strike direct effects are burning, heating, magnetic force, sparking and arcing. As the problem is complex, we investigated it gradually. A MHD model is developed to simulate the lightning strikes in order to estimate the damages on the composite materials. Then, a coupled thermal-electrical finite element analysis is used to investigate the design variables space that can affect lightning strike damage on composite panels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICCS 2018: 20th International Conference on Composite Structures: Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationLondon, UK
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2018
Event20th International Conference on Composite Structures - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Feb 201818 Feb 2018


Conference20th International Conference on Composite Structures
Abbreviated titleICCS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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