WIT Press


The Effect Of Functionally Graded Core On The Dynamic Fracture Behavior In Model Sandwich Structures

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE050331

Volume

39

Pages

10

Published

2005

Size

431 kb

Author(s)

M. El-Hadek

Abstract

Fracture behavior under impact loading conditions of functionally graded core in a sandwich construction is examined. A model sandwich structure comprising of a graded core with a bilinear volume fraction variation is considered for numerical simulations. For comparative purposes, conventional sandwiches with a uniform volume fraction core are also developed. The crack tip in both configurations is positioned such that both global and local material characteristics are matched in these two models. The numerical simulations suggest that crack tip loading rates in terms of normal and shear stresses and stress intensity factors are consistently higher in the conventional structure when compared to the graded one. A parametric study of different elastic impedance gradients in the core material suggests enhanced mixed-mode fracture performance of a graded sandwich structure, having a face-sheet/core interface crack when compared to a conventional counterpart under stress-wave loading conditions. Keywords: sandwich structures, functionally graded materials, impact, dynamic fracture, finite element analysis. 1 Introduction Currently, there is a great deal of research on modeling and characterization of sandwich structures. Recent works have addressed a variety of mechanical failure related issues such as face-sheet damage and face-sheet/core

Keywords

sandwich structures, functionally graded materials, impact, dynamic fracture, finite element analysis