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Modeling of sandwich structures
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Paper Abstract

Much of the work done on active and passive constrained layer beams is done with models using kinematic assumptions proposed by Kerwin, Mead and Markus, and others. Typically these analyses use low-order Euler-Bernoulli beams and assume the base and constraining layers undergo identical transverse displacements. These assumptions are reasonable for cases where the middle layer (normally a relatively soft viscoelastic material) is thin and the constraining layer is relatively weak in bending, but many practical cases arise where these assumptions are violated. A few authors over the years have done studies with less restrictive kinematic assumptions, but none have specifically studied the effects of doing so in the context of passive or active damping design. The field of composite structures is rich with techniques for analyzing sandwich structures with and without simplifying assumptions, and it is on this body of work that this paper is based. The percentage of modal strain energy in the viscoelastic core is used as the primary measure of the accuracy of different sets of assumptions. Elasticity solutions are available for selected sets of assumptions and boundary conditions, and these solutions provide a basis for some of the preliminary studies. A zig-zag method is used to construct a piecewise continuous displacement field (C1 continuity) that satisfies the appropriate stress continuity between layers in a consistent manner. Finite element analysis provides a versatile way to simulate complicated combinations of boundary conditions, degree of coverage, and kinematic assumptions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3327, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Passive Damping and Isolation, (16 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.310694
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Eric M. Austin, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Daniel J. Inman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3327:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Passive Damping and Isolation
L. Porter Davis, Editor(s)

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