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Three-Point Bending of Honeycomb-Core Sandwich Beams with Composite Oriented Strand Board Face Sheets


Title: Three-Point Bending of Honeycomb-Core Sandwich Beams with Composite Oriented Strand Board Face Sheets

Authors: Wenyue Hu, Carina Li, Christian Moreno, Frank Nguyen, Bo Jin

DOI: 10.33599/nasampe/c.23.0179

Abstract: Sandwich structures for lightweight construction applications, particularly in the aerospace industry, require high specific strength and stiffness. Employing Composite Oriented Strand Board (COSB) face sheets, an innovative aerospace-grade material derived from reused carbon fiber-epoxy prepreg strands, this study investigates the mechanical behavior of honeycomb-core sandwich structures under three-point bending. Given that COSB is a tunable material with controllable thickness, microstructure, and mechanical performances, the sandwich structure gains its advantage by judicious selection of strand aspect ratio. This study only focuses on one aspect ratio, which is 1:5 prepreg strands. By analyzing the effects of different core thicknesses and two different manufacturing methods, which are mechanical agitation and mat-stacking, the study aims to identify optimal configurations for enhanced mechanical performance. Additionally, using COSB promotes material efficiency and offers environmental benefits by repurposing the expired aerospace prepreg strands. This sustainable approach contributes to developing eco-friendly manufacturing processes and reducing waste in the aerospace industry. Findings from this investigation have the potential to significantly impact the development of novel sandwich structures that are efficient, sustainable, and versatile. These advancements in lightweight materials and their structural applications stand to revolutionize the aerospace, automotive, and civil industries, paving the way for more sustainable, high-performance constructions that meet the increasing demands of modern engineering challenges.

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Conference: CAMX 2023

Publication Date: 2023/10/30

SKU: TP23-0000000179

Pages: 15

Price: $30.00

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