The effect of core architecture on the behaviour of sandwich columns under edgewise compression loading

Omar, T. and Aravinthan, T. and Van Erp, G. (2007) The effect of core architecture on the behaviour of sandwich columns under edgewise compression loading. In: 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures (APFIS 2007), 12-14 Dec 2007, Hong Kong, China.

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Sandwich structures are a form of construction that offers high performance and low-weight. This type of construction became popular by the mid of the twenty century where different metallic faces and core materials were used for the construction of aircrafts and marine vessels. The development of high-strength, high-modulus, light-weight fibres and new forms of core materials has opened a new horizon for sandwich structures. Using sandwich structures for columns was investigated by different researchers. However, none of the located literature reported using strong-weak core (mixed-core) materials in sandwich columns. To investigate the effect of using mixed-core on the column behaviour was investigated by testing five sets of prototype columns under edgewise compression. The column cores were made of PVC low-density foam, end-grain balsa wood or a combination of both materials. The column skins were laminated by using glass/epoxy composites. The test
results showed that the mixed-core can lead to having a failure mode that has not been reported previously.
This paper presents the experimental work conducted in testing these columns. It highlights the effect of core
structure on the failure mode and capacity of the sandwich columns.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting advice from publisher and author.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2008 10:22
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: FRP; sandwich; column; core
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
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

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