Drop weight impact behaviour of sandwich panels with metallic micro lattice cores

Mines, R.A.W and Tsopanos, S. and Shen, Y. and Rafidah, Hasan and McKown, S.T. (2013) Drop weight impact behaviour of sandwich panels with metallic micro lattice cores. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMPACT ENGINEERING, 60. pp. 120-132. ISSN 0734-743X

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The paper addresses the low velocity, drop weight behaviour of small (100 mm by 100 mm) sandwich panels with CFRP skins. The main point of interest is the core material, and the focus of the paper is in the use of body centred cubic (BCC) micro lattice cores made from Ti 6Al 4V titanium alloy and 316L stainless steel manufactured using selective laser melting. The mechanical behaviour of the micro lattice core is compared to that of conventional aluminium honeycomb. The paper discusses the manufacture and characterisation of the core materials, the measurement of core properties from strut tensile tests, block compression tests and the drop weight impact performance of the panels. Impact performance is expressed in terms of panel penetration. It is shown that the current Ti 6Al 4V BCC micro lattice cores are competitive with aluminium honeycomb, but that there is scope for improvement in Ti 6Al 4V micro strut mechanical properties. The SLM manufacturing process gives lattice structures with open cell architecture, which is an advantage for aerospace applications, and the SLM process can be used to realise a variety of cell lattice geometries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering > Department of Structure and Materials
Depositing User: Pn. Rafidah Hasan
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2014 09:53
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 04:22
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/12101
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