The paper reports the results of an experimental and numerical investigation into the effect of the support conditions on the low velocity impact behaviour of sandwich composite panels. Significant differences are observed experimentally between the structural and damage responses to impact of small-span and large-span sandwich panels. In particular, impact events on large-span panels generate lower peak forces, larger displacements and smaller damage sizes in comparison to small-span panels subjected to the same impact energy. The experimental results are employed to validate the capability of a finite element (FE) tool to simulate the impact behaviour of the sandwich panels for the different boundary conditions. The comparison of FE and experimental results shows that the model provides a good prediction of the structural response as well as of the extent and mechanisms of impact damage for both small-span and large-span lengths, thus demonstrating the potential of the FE tool for verification and design of sandwich components in real engineering applications

A Numerical and Experimental Investigation into the Impact Response of Sandwich Composites under Different Boundary Conditions

Gabriela Loi
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Francesco Aymerich
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2022-01-01

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The paper reports the results of an experimental and numerical investigation into the effect of the support conditions on the low velocity impact behaviour of sandwich composite panels. Significant differences are observed experimentally between the structural and damage responses to impact of small-span and large-span sandwich panels. In particular, impact events on large-span panels generate lower peak forces, larger displacements and smaller damage sizes in comparison to small-span panels subjected to the same impact energy. The experimental results are employed to validate the capability of a finite element (FE) tool to simulate the impact behaviour of the sandwich panels for the different boundary conditions. The comparison of FE and experimental results shows that the model provides a good prediction of the structural response as well as of the extent and mechanisms of impact damage for both small-span and large-span lengths, thus demonstrating the potential of the FE tool for verification and design of sandwich components in real engineering applications
2022
sandwich composites; low velocity impact; boundary conditions; FE simulation
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