Finite element modelling of a sustainable hybrid natural fibre sandwich panel under bending

Farahbakhsh, Iman (2016) Finite element modelling of a sustainable hybrid natural fibre sandwich panel under bending. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Mass production of houses on a large scale at an affordable price, acceptable quality and sustainable method has always been one of the challenges for the public and private sector. Applying natural fibre reinforced composite panels in the modular building is one of the promising approaches to this challenge. This project modelled and analysed jute, hemp and MDF fibre reinforced composite panels under flexural loading using Strand7 computer software.

It was found that the introduction of the intermediate layer of jute, hemp and MDF improved the load carrying capacity of conventional insulated panels. However, panels with jute fibre displayed less stiffness that could be a point of concern for practical applications. Experimental results indicated that delamination and debonding between the core and intermediate layers have been a major failure cause of hybrid sandwich panels. It was understood that modelling delamination between layers was fairly complex and required significantly more time which was out of the scope of this project. Therefore, modelling and analysing the bonding agent in sandwich panels is suggested for further work in the future.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Major Civil Engineering project
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Supervisors: Zhuge, Yan
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 02:09
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 02:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: modelling delamination; composite panels; insulated panels; modular building
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31398

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