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Failure modes of axially compressed thick and thin sandwich panels

Caiqi Zhao, Weidong Zheng, Jun Ma and Yangjian Zhao (Key Laboratory of Concrete and Prestressed Concrete Structure, Ministry of Education, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China),

“The lateral compressive buckling performance of aluminum honeycomb panels for long-span hollow core roofs”, Materials, Vol. 9, 444, 2016, DOI: 10.3390/ma9060444

ABSTRACT: To solve the problem of critical buckling in the structural analysis and design of the new long-span hollow core roof architecture proposed in this paper (referred to as a “honeycomb panel structural system” (HSSS)), lateral compression tests and finite element analyses were employed in this study to examine the lateral compressive buckling performance of this new type of honeycomb panel with different length-to-thickness ratios. The results led to two main conclusions: (1) Under the experimental conditions that were used, honeycomb panels with the same planar dimensions but different thicknesses had the same compressive stiffness immediately before buckling, while the lateral compressive buckling load-bearing capacity initially increased rapidly with an increasing honeycomb core thickness and then approached the same limiting value; (2) The compressive stiffnesses of test pieces with the same thickness but different lengths were different, while the maximum lateral compressive buckling loads were very similar. Overall instability failure is prone to occur in long and flexible honeycomb panels. In addition, the errors between the lateral compressive buckling loads from the experiment and the finite element simulations are within 6%, which demonstrates the effectiveness of the nonlinear finite element analysis and provides a theoretical basis for future analysis and design for this new type of spatial structure.

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