• Compressive properties of sandwiches with functionally graded rubber core and jute–epoxy skins

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      Compressive; sandwich; piece-wise linear; functionally graded; specific modulus; finite element.

    • Abstract


      The compressive behaviour of a new class of sandwich composite made up of jute fiber reinforced epoxy skins and piece-wise linear fly ash reinforced functionally graded (FG) rubber core is investigated in flat-wise mode. FG samples are prepared using conventional casting technique. Presence of gradation is quantified physically by weight method. This paper addresses the effect of weight fraction of fly ash, core to thickness ratio (C/H) and orientation of jute on specific compressive modulus and strength. In each trial five replicates are tested with lower amount of fly ash below the upper skin of sandwich (rubber-up). Results of experimentation are subjected to statistical analysis of variance (ANOVA) to find the influential factor governing the compressive behaviour. Furthermore piece-wise linear gradation is modeled in finite element and strength values are compared with experimental results. Sandwich sample with fly ash content of 40%, C/H of 0.4 and orientations of 30°/60° registered better performance. Specific strength is observed to increase upto 30% filler content followed by stabilization. Finite element results for strength match very well with experimental ones.

    • Author Affiliations


      M R Doddamani1 S M Kulkarni2

      1. Mechanical Engineering, B. V. B. College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli, India
      2. Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India
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