Analysis of contact interaction of polymer honeycomb core and CFRP base layers in sandwich-core constructions

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The article considers the challenge of studying the mechanical properties of composite sandwich constructions at the interface between the base layers and the lightweight core. The results of strength tests are presented for specimens of sandwich-core panels with coats made of high-strength carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) and polymer honeycomb core considering various loading conditions. It is noted that a discrepancy in the values of shear stresses occurs in four-point bending and shear tests due to the complex stress-strain state of the specimens during bending. In order to interpret the experimental data, numerical analysis of the area of contact interaction between the coats and the filler of the sandwich-core composite structures is carried out. It is noted that in the presence of significant normal stresses in the adhesive coat the base layers separate from the core during shear tests and there is underestimation of the values of shear stresses by about 20%. Recommendations for the assignment of ultimate shear stresses for the use in practical design of sandwich-core composite constructions are put forward.

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S. A. Pavlova

Samara National Research University

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Engineer of the Research and Educational Center for Aircraft Construction

Russian Federation


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