Arch.Appl.Mech. 70, 338-348, 2000

WRINKLING OF THICK ORTHOTROPIC SANDWICH PLATES UNDER GENERAL LOADING CONDITIONS

W.K. Vonach, F.G. Rammerstorfer

Institute of Lightweight Structures and Aerospace Engineering,
TU Wien, Vienna, Austria


Abstract - This contribution presents an efficient analytical model as well as a FE computation of the critical load which leads to local stability failure (wrinkling) in sandwich structures. The analytical model assumes an orthotropic face layer and a thick transversely isotropic core. In the last section, a more general core material is considered. Common core materials (foams and honeycombs) can be described with good accuracy within this model. The main advantage of the solution is the consideration of general loading conditions for the orthotropic face layer as well as in-plane deformations of the core. The results of the FE calculations and the analytical model are in good agreement with each other.
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