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See detailFatigue in the Core of Aluminium Honeycomb Panels: Lifetime Prediction compared to Fatigue Tests
Wahl, Laurent UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in International Journal of Damage Mechanics (2014), 23 no.5

In comparison to their weight, honeycomb composite structures have a high bending stiffness, which makes them very suited for every application where little weight is important, like airplanes, railway ... [more ▼]

In comparison to their weight, honeycomb composite structures have a high bending stiffness, which makes them very suited for every application where little weight is important, like airplanes, railway-cars and vehicles. The sandwich panels consist of two thin and stiff aluminium face sheets , which are bonded to a thick and lightweight aluminium honeycomb core. These structures are subjected to dynamic loading. However, in literature, there are hardly any fatigue properties of the honeycomb core described. The fatigue properties of the core are investigated using the finite element method and experiments. Depending on the load application, the honeycomb core fails either through core indentation or shear failure. For a fatigue prediction, both failure modes have to be investigated. Additionally the physical behavior of the honeycomb core is depending on the orientation of the core. Hence, fatigue tests were conducted in three directions of the core: the stiffest direction, the most compliant direction and the direction with the highest stresses. A three-point bending test setup was built to study the fatigue properties of the honeycomb core. Several fatigue tests were carried out with a load ratio of R=0.1 (maximum load 10 times bigger than minimum load) and the fatigue diagrams being illustrated. Additionally, Food-Cart Roller Tests (wheels of a cart rolling in a circle on a floor panel) were done to dynamically test the panels in every angle. The sandwich structures were modeled with the ANSYS finite element software. The simulations, which were used to determine the stress amplitudes in the specimens, are described in the following pages. In addition, buckling analyses were used to examine core indentation failure. Based on these simulations, failure predictions can be made. The fatigue life of the examined specimens is successfully approximated in this manuscript, with the lifetime analysis being based on the FKM-guideline (error less than 14% in load amplitude). [less ▲]

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See detailErmüdungseigenschaften des Wabenkerns von sandwichpaneelen aus Aluminium
Wahl, Laurent UL

Doctoral thesis (2013)

In comparison to their weight, honeycomb composite structures have a high bending stiffness, which makes them very suited for every application where little weight is important, like airplanes, railway ... [more ▼]

In comparison to their weight, honeycomb composite structures have a high bending stiffness, which makes them very suited for every application where little weight is important, like airplanes, railway-cars and vehicles. These structures are subjected to cyclic loading. The sandwich panels consist of two thin and stiff aluminium face sheets, which are bonded to a thick and lightweight aluminium honeycomb core. The shear stresses in the core of these structures depend strongly on the angle of the load application, because the core is not homogeneous. The distribution and the level of the shear stresses are investigated using analytical calculations. The load direction which induces highest stresses in the honeycomb core is derived. This direction is not the W-direction, which is the most compliant one. In literature, there are few fatigue properties of the honeycomb core described. The fatigue properties of the core are investigated in this work using the finite element method and experiments. The experimental investigations consist of three-point bending tests, pulsating roller tests, Food-Cart Roller tests and several tests on real components. Depending on the load application, the honeycomb core fails either through core indentation or shear failure. Several fatigue tests were carried out at constant load amplitude and the failure mode is investigated. The sandwich structures were modeled with the ANSYS finite element software. The number of elements is reduced by replacing the honeycomb core with a homogeneous core with orthotropic properties. In order to get the stresses in the honeycomb core at the critical location, a submodel was created. In this work, some equations are derived in order to calculate the real shear stresses from the shear stresses of the homogeneous core. In addition, imperfections are included in the model. Furthermore, buckling analyses were used to examine core indentation failure. Based on these simulations, both failure modes described above can be explained. Core indentation occurs, when the honeycomb cells are buckling due to the load application. The buckling of the cells can be avoided by using a smoother load application. In this case, the core fails in the three-point bending test by shear failure. The fatigue life of the examined specimens is successfully approximated in this manuscript, with the lifetime analysis being based on the FKM-guideline. Every simulation is validated by experimental results. [less ▲]

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See detailShear stresses in honeycomb sandwich plates: Analytical solution, finite element method and experimental verification
Wahl, Laurent UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in Journal of Sandwich Structures & Materials (2012), 4

Honeycomb composite structures are used in airplanes, railway cars and vehicles. The sandwich panels consist of two stiff face sheets of aluminium, which are bonded to a very lightweight honeycomb core of ... [more ▼]

Honeycomb composite structures are used in airplanes, railway cars and vehicles. The sandwich panels consist of two stiff face sheets of aluminium, which are bonded to a very lightweight honeycomb core of aluminium. Compared to normal plates, sandwich panels have a very high stiffness and simultaneously a low weight. The core of these structures is mainly subjected to shear stresses. The shear stresses depend strongly on the angle of the load application. The distribution and the level of the shear stresses are investigated using analytical calculations. The load direction which induces highest stresses in the honeycomb core is derived. This direction is not the W-direction, which is the most compliant one. When doing finite element simulations of honeycomb cores, often the core is homogenized in order to reduce the calculation time. In this article, some equations are derived in order to calculate the real shear stresses from the shear stresses of the homogeneous core. The equations are validated by finite element simulations and partially by tests. Three-point bending tests and additionally some Food Cart Roller Tests were conducted in order to test the panels in different angles. [less ▲]

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See detailShear Stresses in Honeycomb Sandwich Plates: Analytical Solution, Finite Elemente Method and Experimental Verification
Wahl, Laurent UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in Journal of Sandwich Structures & Materials (2012), 14(4), 449-468

Honeycomb composite structures are used in airplanes, railway cars and vehicles. The sandwich panels consist of two stiff face sheets of aluminium, which are bonded to a very lightweight honeycomb core of ... [more ▼]

Honeycomb composite structures are used in airplanes, railway cars and vehicles. The sandwich panels consist of two stiff face sheets of aluminium, which are bonded to a very lightweight honeycomb core of aluminium. Compared to normal plates, sandwich panels have a very high stiffness and simultaneously a low weight. The core of these structures is mainly subjected to shear stresses. The shear stresses depend strongly on the angle of the load application. The distribution and the level of the shear stresses are investigated using analytical calculations. The load direction which induces highest stresses in the honeycomb core is derived. This direction is not the W-direction, which is the most compliant one. When doing finite element simulations of honeycomb cores, often the core is homogenized in order to reduce the calculation time. In this article, some equations are derived in order to calculate the real shear stresses from the shear stresses of the homogeneous core. The equations are validated by finite element simulations and partially by tests. Three-point bending tests and additionally some Food Cart Roller Tests were conducted in order to test the panels in different angles. [less ▲]

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See detailFatigue in Aluminium Honeycomb-core Plates
Wahl, Laurent UL; Zürbes, Arno UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Benchmark: The International Magazine for Engineering Designers & Analysts (2011), (January), 26-32

Honeycomb composite lightweight structures made of aluminium or aramid fibres are used in airplanes, railway carriages and automobiles. These structures are subjected to dynamic loading but hardly any ... [more ▼]

Honeycomb composite lightweight structures made of aluminium or aramid fibres are used in airplanes, railway carriages and automobiles. These structures are subjected to dynamic loading but hardly any fatigue properties of the honeycomb core exist in current literature. Hence here a theoretical and experimental approach is presented. [less ▲]

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