Graphite/epoxy foam sandwich panels under quasi-static indentation

T. Anderson, Erdogan Madenci

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This study investigates the force-indentation response of sandwich panels subjected to a rigid spherical indentor. The sandwich panels are made of graphite/epoxy face sheets with a polymethacrylimide foam core. A three-dimensional analytical solution method is developed to determine the complete stress and displacement fields in a sandwich panel, as well as the contact pressure arising from static indentation by a rigid sphere. Unlike the usual assumption of a Hertzian-type contact pressure distribution, the sphere's unknown contact area and pressure distribution due to indentation are obtained as part of the solution by utilizing an iterative solution method leading to the contact force-indentation relation. Analytical predictions are validated by performing quasi-static indentation experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-344
Number of pages16
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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