Composite sandwich structures are widely used in the high-performance applications where weight reduction is one of the most attractive design parameters. However, structural sandwich components have low resistance to out-of-plane impact due to the thin outer composite skins and the highly deformable cores. The present paper deals with a finite element study on the impact response of sandwich panels, obtained combining phenolic resin-based glass fiber reinforced plastics as skins and phenolic resin-impregnated aramid paper honeycomb structure (Nomex) as core. The numerical analysis has been performed using the LSDYNA software enabling to account for the main sandwich failure modes occurring during impact. The honeycomb core structure and composite skins have been modeled by means of solid and shell elements respectively. The properties of the finite element model have been calibrated on a series of experimental outcomes in order to achieve numerical parameters for both composite facesheet and orthotropic honeycomb material models. The major concerns are related to damage mechanisms, influence of strain-rate effects and energy absorbing capability. The model is validated using the results from experimental impact tests performed on different initial impact conditions. Good agreement was obtained between numerical and experimental results in terms of impact damage and force-displacement trend.

Numerical assessment of the impact behavior of honeycomb sandwich structures / Menna, Costantino; Zinno, Alberto; Asprone, Domenico; Prota, Andrea. - In: COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. - ISSN 0263-8223. - 106:(2013), pp. 326-339. [10.1016/j.compstruct.2013.06.010]

Numerical assessment of the impact behavior of honeycomb sandwich structures

MENNA, COSTANTINO;ZINNO, ALBERTO;Asprone, Domenico;PROTA, ANDREA
2013

Abstract

Composite sandwich structures are widely used in the high-performance applications where weight reduction is one of the most attractive design parameters. However, structural sandwich components have low resistance to out-of-plane impact due to the thin outer composite skins and the highly deformable cores. The present paper deals with a finite element study on the impact response of sandwich panels, obtained combining phenolic resin-based glass fiber reinforced plastics as skins and phenolic resin-impregnated aramid paper honeycomb structure (Nomex) as core. The numerical analysis has been performed using the LSDYNA software enabling to account for the main sandwich failure modes occurring during impact. The honeycomb core structure and composite skins have been modeled by means of solid and shell elements respectively. The properties of the finite element model have been calibrated on a series of experimental outcomes in order to achieve numerical parameters for both composite facesheet and orthotropic honeycomb material models. The major concerns are related to damage mechanisms, influence of strain-rate effects and energy absorbing capability. The model is validated using the results from experimental impact tests performed on different initial impact conditions. Good agreement was obtained between numerical and experimental results in terms of impact damage and force-displacement trend.
2013
Numerical assessment of the impact behavior of honeycomb sandwich structures / Menna, Costantino; Zinno, Alberto; Asprone, Domenico; Prota, Andrea. - In: COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. - ISSN 0263-8223. - 106:(2013), pp. 326-339. [10.1016/j.compstruct.2013.06.010]
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