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Steel and Composite Structures
  Volume 44, Number 4, August25 2022 , pages 519-529

Influence of interfacial adhesive on the failure mechanisms of truss core sandwich panels under in-plane compression
Mohammad J. Zarei, Shahabeddin Hatami and Mohammad Gholami

    Sandwich structures with the superior mechanical properties such as high stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio, good thermal insulation, and high energy absorption capacity are used today in aerospace, automotive, marine, and civil engineering industries. These structures are composed of moderately stiff, thin face sheets that withstand the majority of transverse and in-plane loads, separated by a thick, lightweight core that resists shear forces. In this research, the finite element technique is used to simulate a sandwich panel with a truss core under axial compressive stress using ABAQUS software. A review of past experimental studies shows that the bondline between the core and face sheets plays a vital role in the critical failure load. Therefore, this modeling analyzes the damage initiation modes and debonding between face sheet and core by cohesive surface contact with traction-separation model. According to the results obtained from the modeling, it can be observed that the adhesive stiffness has a significant influence on the critical failure load of the specimens. To achieve the full strength of the structure as a continuum, a lower limit is obtained for the adhesive stiffness. By providing this limit stiffness between the core and the panel face sheets, sudden failure of the structure can be prevented.
Key Words
    cohesive surface contact; face/core debonding; in-plane compression; sandwich panel; truss cor
Mohammad J. Zarei, Shahabeddin Hatami and Mohammad Gholami:Faculty of Engineering, Yasouj University, Iran

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