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A variable transverse stiffness sandwich structure using fluidic flexible matrix composites (F2MC)
Author(s): Suyi Li; Amir Lotfi; Ying Shan; K.W. Wang; Christopher D. Rahn; Charles E. Bakis
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Paper Abstract

Presented in this paper is the development of a novel honeycomb sandwich panel with variable transverse stiffness. In this structure, the traditional sandwich face sheets are replaced by the fluidic flexible matrix composite (F2MC) tube layers developed in recent studies. The F2MC layers, combined with the anisotropic honeycomb core material properties, provide a new sandwich structure with variable stiffness properties for transverse loading. In this research, an analytical model is derived based on Lekhitskii's anisotropic pressurized tube solution and Timoshenko beam theory. Experimental investigations are also conducted to verify the analytical findings. A segmented multiple-F2MC-tube configuration is synthesized to increase the variable stiffness range. The analysis shows that the new honeycomb sandwich structure using F2MC tubes of 10 segments can provide a high/low transverse stiffness ratio of 60. Segmentation and stiffness control can be realized by an embedded valve network, granting a fast response time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6928, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2008, 69280M (18 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.768417
Show Author Affiliations
Suyi Li, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Amir Lotfi, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Ying Shan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
K.W. Wang, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Christopher D. Rahn, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Charles E. Bakis, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6928:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2008
Mehdi Ahmadian, Editor(s)

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