Transverse shear stiffness of thickness gradient honeycombs

C Lira, FL Scarpa

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This paper describes the transverse shear stiffness of a novel topology of gradient honeycomb structures. Opposite to classical honeycomb configurations, gradient honeycombs feature elements of their unit cells with a regular geometry variation across the whole honeycomb panel. The tessellation of the cells is not periodic, but is dictated by geometric constraints between adjacent units. Gradient honeycombs with wall thickness linearly increasing along the panel are described using experimental data and Finite Element models. The gradient behaviour of the cellular structure provides additional complexity, and the possibility of tailoring design properties, such as the stiffness per unit of weight. We observe a good agreement between the Finite Element and the experimental results, with maximum percentage errors
Translated title of the contributionTransverse shear stiffness of thickness gradient honeycombs
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)930 - 936
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


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