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Failure And Energy Absorption Of Plastic And Composite Chiral Honeycombs

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SU120091

Volume

126

Pages

14

Page Range

101 - 114

Published

2012

Size

1,835 kb

Author(s)

A. Airoldi, P. Bettini, M. Zazzarini & F. Scarpa

Abstract

This paper investigates the crushing response of honeycombs having a chiral geometry, a non centre-symmetric topology made of circular cylinders connected by ligaments. Buckling and post-buckling responses of flatwise compressed plastic chiral honeycombs are numerically investigated. Results indicate that plastic chiral honeycombs can carry increasing loads beyond local buckling of ligaments, though the post-buckling response does not lead to high energy absorption performances. The characteristics of chiral topology can be exploited by adopting composite materials. The composite units produced by using a specific technological process presented in the paper and endowed with a bevel trigger failed by progressive crushing and obtained promising specific energy absorption levels. Keywords: honeycombs, energy absorption, chiral structures, composites.

Keywords

honeycombs, energy absorption, chiral structures, composites