Non-Uniform Compressive Strength of Debonded Sandwich Panels: II. Fracture Mechanics Investigation

Carl Christian Berggreen, Bo Cerup Simonsen

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This article describes the development, validation and application of a FEM based numerical model for prediction of residual strength of damaged sandwich panels. The core of the theoretical method is a newly developed procedure for prediction of the propagation of a face-core debond. As demonstrated, the method can predict the maximum load carrying capacity of real-life panels with debond damages, where the failure is governed by face-sheet buckling followed by debond growth. The developed theoretical procedure is an extension of the as Crack Surface Displacement method, here denoted as the Crack Surface Displacement Extrapolation method. The method is first developed in 2D and then extended to 3D by use of a number of realistic assumptions for the considered configurations. Comparison of the theoretical predictions to a series of large-scale experiments, described in Nøkkentved et al.(2005)., shows that the model is indeed able to predict the failure modes and the residual strength of damaged panels with accuracy sufficient for practical applications. This opens up for a number of important engineering applications, for example risk-based inspection and repair schemes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sandwich Structures and Materials
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)483-512
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Debond damage
  • Debond spreading
  • Non-uniform compressive load
  • Residual strength
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Bimaterials
  • Interfaces
  • Composite materials
  • Sandwich panels

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