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FACE/CORE DISBONDING FRACTURE OF HONEYCOMB CORE SANDWICH PANELS

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2019
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The objective of the research presented in this thesis is to develop analysis and test procedures for the characterization of disbonding crack growth in a honeycomb (HC) core sandwich structure. Face sheet-to-core disbonding are of particular interest to aircraft certification authorities due to several in-service occurrences. Experimental investigation was initially focused on the mode I dominated Single Cantilever Beam (SCB) test method. Various data reduction methodologies were employed to determine the fracture toughness. The MBT method produced the most consistent and conservative results. Finite element analysis (FEA) a double periodic array of hexagonal cells was conducted to determine the effective in-plane extensional modulus and Poisson ratio of the HC core. It was shown that deformation constraints on the core, due to attachment of the core to rigid face sheets, will drastically change the behavior of the HC core. The response changes from being governed by bending to stretching which substantially elevates the effective in-plane modulus. Fracture mechanics analysis of a face/core interface crack in a HC core SCB specimen was performed using FEA. The influence of in-plane properties of the constrained core on energy release rate and mode mixity phase angle was examined. Use of plane strain conditions and an elevated modulus of the constrained core in the analysis is recommended. The approach is substantiated by testing of HC core SCB sandwich. Test results showed good agreement with FEA prediction of compliance and kink angle.
Title: FACE/CORE DISBONDING FRACTURE OF HONEYCOMB CORE SANDWICH PANELS.
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Name(s): Tauhiduzzaman, Mohammad , author
Carlsson, Leif A. , Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2019
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 153 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The objective of the research presented in this thesis is to develop analysis and test procedures for the characterization of disbonding crack growth in a honeycomb (HC) core sandwich structure. Face sheet-to-core disbonding are of particular interest to aircraft certification authorities due to several in-service occurrences. Experimental investigation was initially focused on the mode I dominated Single Cantilever Beam (SCB) test method. Various data reduction methodologies were employed to determine the fracture toughness. The MBT method produced the most consistent and conservative results. Finite element analysis (FEA) a double periodic array of hexagonal cells was conducted to determine the effective in-plane extensional modulus and Poisson ratio of the HC core. It was shown that deformation constraints on the core, due to attachment of the core to rigid face sheets, will drastically change the behavior of the HC core. The response changes from being governed by bending to stretching which substantially elevates the effective in-plane modulus. Fracture mechanics analysis of a face/core interface crack in a HC core SCB specimen was performed using FEA. The influence of in-plane properties of the constrained core on energy release rate and mode mixity phase angle was examined. Use of plane strain conditions and an elevated modulus of the constrained core in the analysis is recommended. The approach is substantiated by testing of HC core SCB sandwich. Test results showed good agreement with FEA prediction of compliance and kink angle.
Identifier: FA00013419 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2019.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Honeycomb structures
Fracture mechanics
Strength of materials
Airframes--Materials
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