Bending Analysis of Composite Sandwich Plates with Flexible Core Using 3D Finite Element Method
Sandwich plates have been extensively used in many engineering applications such as automotive and aerospace. In the present paper, an accurate finite element model is presented for bending analysis of soft-core rectangular sandwich plates. The sandwich plate is composed of three layers: top and bottom skins and core layer. The core is assumed as a soft orthotropic material and skins are assumed generally unequal laminated composites. Finite element model of the problem has been constructed in the ANSYS 11.0 standard code area. Continuity conditions of transverse shear stresses at the interfaces are satisfied as well as the conditions of zero transverse shear stresses on the upper and lower surfaces of plate. Also transverse flexibility and transverse normal strain and stress of core are considered. The effect of geometrical parameters of the sandwich plate are studied. Comparison of the present results with those of plate theories confirms the accuracy of the proposed model.
M. M. Kheirikhah and S. M. R. Khalili, "Bending Analysis of Composite Sandwich Plates with Flexible Core Using 3D Finite Element Method", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 110-116, pp. 1229-1236, 2012