Behaviour of fibre composite sandwich panels under uniformly distributed loading

Islam, M. M. and Aravinthan, T. (2011) Behaviour of fibre composite sandwich panels under uniformly distributed loading. In: 21st Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM 21): Incorporating Sustainable Practice in Mechanics of Structures and Materials, 7-10 Dec 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

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Sandwich composites are widely used in various industries such as aeronautical, mechanical, automotive, marine and others. However, most of the existing sandwiches are not suitable and cost effective for applications in civil infrastructure. An innovative fibre composite sandwich panel made of glass fibre rein-forced polymer skins and a modified phenolic core material was developed for building and other structural applications. The behaviour of this new generation sandwich panel was studied to assist the technical persons and the construction crews in better understanding its properties for an efficient use in flooring applications under different loading conditions. If a fibre composite sandwich panel is placed not in the main fibre direction, an adverse effect on its performance may occur. This paper discusses an experimental investigation on this innovative sandwich for its one and two-way spanning floor applications under uniformly distributed loading. The experimental result showed that the stiffness of the sandwich is affected by the fibre orientation of the sandwich skins. Also, no major effect was observed for variation of fixity between slab and joist.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, London. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Accepted Version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2011 01:11
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 04:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: sandwich; composites; one- and two-way spanning; slab; joist; fixity; experimental; UDL
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 > 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1201/b10571-77

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