The transverse elastic properties of chiral honeycombs

A Lorato, P Innocenti, FL Scarpa, A Alderson, K L Alderson, K M Zied, N Ravirala, W Miller, Smith C W, K E Evans

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This work describes the out-of-plane linear elastic mechanical properties of trichiral, tetrachiral and hexachiral honeycomb configurations. Analytical models are developed to calculate the transverse Young’s modulus and the Voigt and Reuss bounds for the transverse shear stiffness. Finite Element models are developed to validate the analytical results, and to identify the dependence of the transverse shear stiffness versus the gauge thickness of the honeycombs. The models are then validated with experimental results from flatwise compressive and simple shear tests on samples produced with rapid prototype (RP)-based techniques.
Translated title of the contributionThe transverse elastic properties of chiral honeycombs
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057 - 1063
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


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