Ships and offshore structures are often exposed to various types of repeated impact loads, such as wave slamming, floating ice impacts and ship collisions which will cause large deformation or even fracture. With imperfections due to the process of construction or damage caused by accidents, the load carrying capacity of structures will decrease. This paper investigates the load carrying capacity of aluminum alloy plate with an initial crack under repeated impact loads by means of experiments and numerical simulations. In the experiments, the prepared specimens with crack and without crack are impacted repeatedly up to plate perforation by releasing a hemispherical-headed cylindrical hammer. Numerical simulations are carried out with ABAQUS/Explicit software. The numerical models are built according to the actual experimental conditions. Comparison of the numerical predictions with the experimental results shows reasonable agreement. It is found that aluminum alloy plates under repeated impacts are sensitive to initial cracks. The fracture mode and plastic deformation of aluminum alloy plates can also be affected.

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