An experimental investigation of free vibration response of curved sandwich beam with face/core debond

Baba B. O., Thoppul S.

JOURNAL OF REINFORCED PLASTICS AND COMPOSITES, vol.29, no.21, pp.3208-3218, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The aim of this research was to investigate the curvature and face/core debond influence on the vibration behavior of curved composite sandwich beams made up of carbon/epoxy laminate skins over a polyurethane foam core. Flat and curved sandwich beams with debond were prepared by keeping the arc length of the sandwich beams equal to the length of the flat sandwich beams. Sandwich specimens with three different curvatures and debond between the top and bottom face/core were manufactured. Systematic vibration and static experiments were carried to determine the response and to study the effect of curvature and debond. Flexural stiffness and strength of the sandwich beams were determined by four-point bending tests. The natural frequencies and damping loss factors of the sandwich beams were determined using impulse frequency response technique under free-free boundary conditions. Four-point bending test results indicate that stiffness of the beams decrease with presence of debond. Vibration test results show that face/core debond causes reduction of the natural frequencies whereas damping loss factor values increase with presence of debond. The effects of debond and curvature on damping loss factor is higher than that on natural frequency.