Composites are materials of choice for lightweight structures due to their excellent strength/weight/and stiffness/weight/properties. For several years, the application of composite materials with continuous fiber was limited to those with thermosetting matrix. Recently, interest in composites with thermoplastic matrix is growing thanks to their considerable advantages also in terms of recyclability. The thermoplastic composites appear to be the right alternative to the materials currently used, replacing not only the non-structural parts, but also the structural components located in areas potentially subject to impacts. This paper presents the results of an experimental campaign made on a fully thermoplastic composite, where both the reinforcement and the matrix are made in polypropylene. The target is to analyze its behavior under different impact loading conditions using a drop weight testing machine. The influence of the impact mass and of the velocity on the energy absorption capability of the material have been analyzed and discussed. During the tests, the material showed a ductile behavior and developed extended plasticity without a crack tip. The main observed damage mechanisms were the yarn sliding.
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