Investigation of frequency characteristics of GFRP/phenolic sandwich beams

Awad, Ziad K. and Aravinthan, Thiru and Zhuge, Yan and Gonzalez, Felipe (2010) Investigation of frequency characteristics of GFRP/phenolic sandwich beams. In: Southern Region Engineering Conference (SREC 2010), 10-12 Nov 2010, Toowoomba, Australia.

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At the University of Southern Queensland, a research project is being carried out to study the dynamic characteristics of a new innovative fibre composite polymer (FRP) sandwich panel. As a part of the project, the natural frequency behaviour of such fibre composite sandwich beam has been investigated by experimental tests and numerical simulation. The innovative FRP sandwich panel was developed by LOC Composite Pty Ltd for civil engineering applications. The FRP sandwich beam was cut from this panel for the experimental investigation. The FRP sandwich beam is made from two FRP skins and modified phenolic core material. The experimental analysis was conducted to find the FRP sandwich beam natural frequency behaviour under different support conditions. The experimental results were then compared with the FE numerical analysis and a first order shear deformation theory was used in the modelling. In addition, the experimental results were compared with the existing analytical equations. It is found that the FE analysis showed a good agreement with the existing experimental results.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © (2010) by Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice. USQ conference.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2010 12:40
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 04:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: fibre composite; sandwich; finite element; frequency; beam; boundary conditions; damping
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
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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