Flexural behaviour of glue-laminated fibre composite sandwich beams

Manalo, A. C. and Aravinthan, T. and Karunasena, W. (2010) Flexural behaviour of glue-laminated fibre composite sandwich beams. Composite Structures, 92 (11). pp. 2703-2711. ISSN 0263-8223


This study involved experimental investigation onto the flexural behaviour of glue-laminated fibre composite sandwich beams with a view of using this material for structural beams. Composite sandwich beams with 1, 2, 3, and 4 composite sandwich panels glued together were subjected to 4-point static bending test in the flatwise and edgewise positions to evaluate their stiffness and strength properties. The results showed that the composite sandwich beams in the edgewise position failed with 25% higher bending strength but have 7% lower bending stiffness than beams in the flatwise position. The results however indicated that the bending stiffness of flatwise specimens converges to that of the edgewise specimens with increasing laminations. More importantly, the specimens in the edgewise position failed with greater ductility due to progressive failure of the fibre composite skins while the specimens in the flatwise position failed in a brittle manner due to debonding between the skin and core. Wrapping the glue-laminated sandwich beams with one layer of tri-axial glass fibres did not prove to be effective. Overall, it has been demonstrated that the glue-laminated sandwich beams exhibited better performance than the individual composite sandwich beams.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2010 05:05
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2015 01:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite sandwich beams; edgewise; fibre composites; flatwise; flexure; glue-laminated beams
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2010.03.006
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8903

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