Experimental Investigation of Impact Damage Response of Sandwich Panels with Epoxy/woven-Fiberglass/nano-Silica Composite Face-sheets

Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah, Iran.

2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran.


In this paper by using the three-point bending and low velocity impact tests, the impact damage response of Polyurethane cored sandwich panels with hybrid nanocomposites face-sheets is investigated. The face-sheets are made of epoxy/woven-fiberglass/ nano-silica composite. Three-point bending test is used for determination of static threshold delamination force, and static and dynamic Interlaminar Shear Strength has been calculated. Furthermore, low velocity impact tests are performed on a sandwich panel and contact forces history, lateral deflection of the contact point and the absorbed energy of top face-sheets are obtained. The dynamic threshold delamination force has been used to predict the delamination damage mode in low velocity impact tests on sandwich panel. Finally, the delamination damage area is investigated theoretically and experimentally and the correction factor is associated with allowable shear stress is determined. Moreover, the effect of nano-silica particles on delaminations threshold forces, Interlaminar Shear Strengths, contact force, contact duration, deflection of contact point, energy absorption of top face-sheet and damage area caused by delamination is studied.


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