Cost optimum design of structural fibre composite sandwich panel for flooring applications

Awad, Ziad K. and Aravinthan, Thiru and Zhuge, Yan (2011) Cost optimum design of structural fibre composite sandwich panel for flooring applications. In: 5th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2010) , 27-29 Sep 2010, Beijing, China.

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A new type of FRP composite panel suitable for civil engineering constructions has been invented by the Australian manufacturers. This new type of FRP structural sandwich Panel is made of fibre glass skins and modified phenolic core material with a density relatively higher than the normal sandwich panel. This panel is used for civil engineering applications of flooring system and glue laminate FRP beams.
The extensive experimental work has been carried out by the Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC) at the University of Southern Queensland to find the strength parameters of this new sandwich panel. This research aims to develop an optimum design of the new FRP sandwich floor panel by using Finite Element (FE) and Genetic Algorithm (GA) method. The numerical FE shows a relatively accurate simulation for the behaviour of the FRP panel. The materials cost was regarded as an objective function with the EUROCOMP design constraints. The optimization shows that the skins orientations 0/90o would produce the best design for one-way spaning floor panel.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Tsinghua University Press, Beijing and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher's copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2010 01:45
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 02:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: optimum design; fibre composite sandwich panel; floor; finite element; genetice algorithm; one way
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120499 Engineering Design not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870399 Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified

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