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A spectral element for wave propagation in honeycomb sandwich construction considering core flexibility

Murthy, MVVS and Renji, K and Gopalakrishnan, S (2015) A spectral element for wave propagation in honeycomb sandwich construction considering core flexibility. In: COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, 127 . pp. 28-40.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.02.074

Abstract

Spectral elements are found to be extremely resourceful to study the wave propagation characteristics of structures at high frequencies. Most of the aerospace structures use honeycomb sandwich constructions. The existing spectral elements use single layer theories for a sandwich construction wherein the two face sheets vibrate together and this model is sufficient for low frequency excitations. At high frequencies, the two face sheets vibrate independently. The Extended Higher order SAndwich Plate theory (EHSaPT) is suitable for representing the independent motion of the face sheets. A 1D spectral element based on EHSaPT is developed in this work. The wave number and the wave speed characteristics are obtained using the developed spectral element. It is shown that the developed spectral element is capable of representing independent wave motions of the face sheets. The propagation speeds of a high frequency modulated pulse in the face sheets and the core of a honeycomb sandwich are demonstrated. Responses of a typical honeycomb sandwich beam to high frequency shock loads are obtained using the developed spectral element and the response match very well with the finite element results. It is shown that the developed spectral element is able to represent the flexibility of the core resulting into independent wave motions in the face sheets, for which a finite element method needs huge degrees of freedom. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Keywords: Sandwich beam; High frequency; Shock load; Spectral finite element; Wave propagation
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 04:02
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 04:02
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/51624

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