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Control of vibration and wave propagation in sandwich plates with periodic auxetic core
Author(s): Fabrizio L. Scarpa; Massimo Ruzzene; Luca Mazzarella; Panagiotis Tsopelas
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Paper Abstract

The wave propagation in and the vibration of sandwich plates with cellular core are analyzed and controlled. Negative Poisson's ratio (auxetic) core materials of different geometry placed periodically in the plate introduce the proper impedance mismatch necessary to obstruct the propagation of waves over specified frequency bands (stop bands) and in particular directions. The location and the extension of the stop bands and the directions of wave propagation can be modified by proper selection of the periodicity and of the geometrical and physical properties of the core. A Finite Element model is developed to predict the dynamic response of three-layered sandwich panels with honeycomb core. The Finite Element model along with the theory of periodic structures is used to evaluate the influence of core materials of different geometry placed periodically along the two dimensions of the structure. This combined analysis yields the phase constant surfaces for the considered sandwich plates, which define location and extension of the stop bands, as well as the directions of wave propagation at assigned frequency values. The analysis of the phase constant surfaces and the evaluation of the harmonic response at specified frequencies indicate that the plates are characterized by dynamic behaviors with directional properties, with spatial patterns strongly dependent on the configuration of the periodic core and on the excitation frequency. Auxetic honeycombs are considered as core materials in order to obtain maximum design flexibility. The elastic and inertial characteristics of auxetic honeycombs in fact vary substantially with their internal geometry and for given configurations outcast up to five times the corresponding properties of traditional hexagonal honeycombs. The presented numerical results demonstrate the unique characteristics of this class of two-dimensional periodic structures, which behave as directional mechanical filters. The findings of this study suggest that optimal configurations for the periodic cellular core can be identified in order to design passive composite panels, which are stable and quiet over desired frequency bands and which fit desired transmissibility levels in particular directions. Such unique filtering capabilities are achieved without requiring additional passive or active control devices and therefore without compromising the size and the weight of the layered structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2002
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 4697, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Damping and Isolation, (27 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.472655
Show Author Affiliations
Fabrizio L. Scarpa, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Massimo Ruzzene, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Luca Mazzarella, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Panagiotis Tsopelas, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4697:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Damping and Isolation
Gregory S. Agnes, Editor(s)

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