Elastic design of syntactic foamed sandwiches obtained by filling of three-dimensional sandwich-fabric panels

Lorenzo Bardella and Francesco Genna,

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Brescia, Via Branze 38, 25123 Brescia, Italy


A non-conventional sandwich, made by a fabric panel core filled by a syntactic foam, and by resin-impregnated fiberglass skins, is studied in the elastic range, with the aim of giving guidelines to its minimum weight design. Standard homogenization techniques are employed to compute the elastic moduli of the skins, whereas a specifically developed homogenization method has been used to obtain the elastic moduli of the core. A simple but accurate relationship for computing the shear stiffness of the sandwich was used in conjunction with the well-known formulae for the bending stiffness. Comparisons with both experiments and numerical predictions show good accuracy of both the proposed homogenization methods and the overall stiffness evaluation procedure.

Author Keywords: Composite materials; Homogenization; Sandwich materials