Shear strength optimization of reinforced honeycomb core materials

Banerjee, S. and Battley, M. and Bhattacharyya, D. (2010) Shear strength optimization of reinforced honeycomb core materials. Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 17 (7). pp. 542-552. ISSN 1537-6494


This paper studies the performance of novel honeycomb materials with the cell walls made of natural fibre reinforced thermoplastics. It focuses on developing a methodology for the maximization of the specific transverse shear strength of reinforced honeycombs and prediction of the corresponding cell geometry. The load carrying capacity of wood fibre reinforced polypropylene honeycomb shows a substantial improvement as compared to that of a polypropylene honeycomb of the same density. Theoretical predictions agree well with the experimental results. Excellent performance of the reinforced polypropylene honeycombs indicates a promising future for such 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 restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2011 05:57
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2014 04:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: hexagonal core; reinforced honeycomb; shear strength; sandwich core; optimization; performance; failure
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120402 Engineering Design Knowledge
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091308 Solid Mechanics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/15376490903398714

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