Dynamic response of sandwich panel with hierarchical honeycomb cores subject to blast loading
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- Thin-Walled Structures, 2019, 142 pp. 499 - 515
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© 2019 Elsevier Ltd This paper introduces a novel hierarchical core structure to sandwich panel for bearing the blast loading, in which each vertex of a regular hexagonal cell was replaced with a smaller hexagonal unit. The finite element (FE) models of such hierarchical honeycomb sandwich panels were established and validated with the experiments under different impulse loads. The hierarchical honeycomb cores were compared with the regular honeycomb counterpart in terms of the peak deflection on the back facesheet, compression and specific energy absorption (SEA) of the core. The results showed that the maximum deflection at the back facesheet of the hierarchical honeycomb sandwich panels were smaller than the regular honeycomb counterpart for a higher level of blast load (specifically, the dimensionless impulse higher than 0.06). It was found that the structural hierarchical parameter γ (i.e. the ratio of the newly-introduced smaller hexagonal edge length (L1) to the regular hexagon edge length (L0)), had limited influence on the maximum deflection of back facesheet of the sandwich panel, but had a significant effect on the SEA of the cores.
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