Stochastic finite-element analysis of composite plates due to low velocity impact (LVI) is studied, considering the material properties (Young's modulii, Poisson's ratio, strengths, and fracture energy) and initial velocity as random parameters. Damage initiation and propagation failure due to matrix cracking are investigated for safety criteria for the LVI. Progressive damage mechanics is employed to predict the stochastic dynamic response of the plates. The Gaussian process response surface method (GPRSM) is presently adopted to determine the probability of failure (Pf). There is a possibility of underestimation of the peak contact force and displacement by 10.7% and 11.03%, respectively, if the scatter in the properties is not considered. The sensitivity-based probabilistic design optimization procedure is investigated to achieve better strength and lighter weight of composite for body armors.

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