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Uniaxial Crushing of Sandwich Plates Under Air Blast: Influence of Mass Distribution

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Author(s)

Joseph A. Main, George A. Gazonas

Abstract

Motivated by recent efforts to mitigate blast loading using energy-absorbing materials, this paper investigates the uniaxial crushing of cellular sandwich plates under air blast loading using analytical and computational modeling. This model is also applicable to the crushing of cellular media in blast pendulum experiments. In the analytical model, the cellular core is represented using a rigid, perfectly-plastic, locking idealization, as in previous studies, and the front and back faces are modeled as rigid, with pressure loading applied to the front face and the back face unrestrained. Predictions of this analytical model show excellent agreement with explicit finite element computations, and the model is used to investigate the influence of the mass distribution between the core and the faces on the response of the system. Increasing the mass fraction in the front face is found to increase the impulse required for complete crushing of the cellular core but also to produce undesirable increases in back-face accelerations. Optimal mass distributions are investigated by maximizing the impulse capacity while limiting the back-face accelerations to a specified level.
Citation
International Journal of Solids and Structures
Volume
45

Citation

Main, J. and Gazonas, G. (2007), Uniaxial Crushing of Sandwich Plates Under Air Blast: Influence of Mass Distribution, International Journal of Solids and Structures, [online], https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2007.11.019 (Accessed June 16, 2024)

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Created December 8, 2007, Updated November 10, 2018