The Refined Zigzag Theory (RZT) is a structural theory developed for the analysis of composite multilayer and sandwich beams. However, the accuracy of RZT for buckling analysis of sandwich beams has not been experimentally investigated, and for RZT and Timoshenko Beam Theory (TBT) the effect of the degree of heterogeneity on their accuracy requires further study. The aim of this work was to validate the use of the RZT for predicting the critical buckling loads of sandwich beams, even with highly heterogeneous material properties, and to assess the use of the TBT for the same application. Buckling experiments were conducted on five foam-core sandwich beams, which varied in geometry and included highly heterogeneous configurations. For each beam, two finite element (FE) models were analyzed using RZT- and TBT-beam FEs. The comparison between the numerical and the experimental results highlighted a major capability of RZT to correctly predict the critical buckling load for all the beams considered. The dependence of the TBT results on the beam characteristics was further investigated through a parametric analysis, which showed the dominant effect to be a close to linear relationship between the TBT error and the beam face-to-core thickness ratio. The work demonstrated the outstanding accuracy of the RZT predictions, including the superior capabilities with respect to TBT, and has application for rapid and accurate analysis of industrial structures.
Experimental and numerical investigation of the Refined Zigzag Theory for accurate buckling analysis of highly heterogeneous sandwich beams / Ascione, A; Orifici, Ac; Gherlone, M. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL STABILITY & DYNAMICS. - ISSN 0219-4554. - STAMPA. - 20:7(2020).
|Titolo:||Experimental and numerical investigation of the Refined Zigzag Theory for accurate buckling analysis of highly heterogeneous sandwich beams|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0219455420500789|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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