Optimal design of sandwich panels made of wood veneer hollow cores

Banerjee, S. and Bhattacharyya, D. (2011) Optimal design of sandwich panels made of wood veneer hollow cores. Composites Science and Technology, 71 (4). pp. 425-432. ISSN 0266-3538


In response to the growing interest in replenishable, lightweight, stiff and strong materials, a novel sandwich panel with a hollow core has been manufactured using commercially produced 3-ply veneer. In this paper, the out-of-plane shear behaviour of the novel hollow core is analysed and the expressions for the failure loads are developed. A strength-based optimisation problem is formulated for predicting the optimum values of the panel dimensions that would produce minimum panel weight when subjected to bending. It has been found that the minimum weight, as predicted by the full four parameter optimisation, is slightly lower than that obtained by using the closed form expressions derived on the basis of simplified three parameter optimisation. Relationships between the active failure modes are explored. Design maps are shown for a wide range of loading that can be used to calculate the minimum panel weight and the corresponding values of the geometric parameters. The approach developed is general and is equally applicable for sandwich panels with similar hollow cores made of other materials.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2011 02:16
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 06:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: sandwich structures; hollow core; wood veneer; failure criteria; optimisation
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2010.12.011
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18319

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