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A study of indentation behaviour of sandwich panels supported rigidly

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posted on 25.04.2016, 10:25 by Gang Zhou, B. Zhang, A. Pasricha
The indentation behaviour of sandwich panels is affected by a variation of a large number of both intrinsic and extrinsic parameters. It is thus challenging not only to identify those parameters that dominate the indentation behaviour but also to ascertain how they influence the indentation behaviour across all applications. In this work, we focus on an occurrence of incipient damage in rigidly-supported laminate-skinned sandwich panels under indentation. Sandwich panels were constructed with aluminium honeycomb core and carbon/epoxy skins of two different thicknesses and lay-ups and were tested quasi-statically using hemispherical indentor. The effects of varying the loaded skin thickness, skin lay-up, indentor diameter and panel support conditions on initial critical load and incipient damage mechanisms have been examined. We’ve found that (1) the mechanisms of incipient damage induced in all ten groups of sandwich panels were combined delamination in the loaded skin laminate and buckled honeycomb cells without debonding and there were clear indications that induced local stresses were dominated by ILS stress of the skin laminates and through-the-thickness compressive strength of aluminium honeycomb core; (2) varying the thickness of the loaded laminate skin has got a profound influence over the indentation behaviour of the sandwich panels in terms of critical load, critical indentation and initial stiffness; (3) the increase of indentor diameter had the substantial effect on the indentation behaviour of the sandwich panels; (4) varying either the lay-up of the loaded skin laminates or support conditions had very little effect on the indentation behaviour.



  • Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering


  • Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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International Journal of Structural Integrity


ZHOU, G., ZHANG, B. and PASRICHA, A., 2017. A study of indentation behaviour of sandwich panels supported rigidly. International Journal of Structural Integrity, 8 (4), pp. 439-451.


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