Theoretical and experimental study of punched laminate composites protected by outer paper layer

Alexander Kolbasov, Suman Sinha-Ray, Alexander L. Yarin

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Lightweight laminate composite sandwich-like materials are one of the most used composite materials. When a laminate composite is punched normally to the surface, the outer skin layer plays a protective role, which is studied in the present work by elucidating the corresponding stress distribution in the core. First, a theoretical framework is developed to predict the stress distribution in the core corresponding to different mechanical properties of the skin. Thus, the location of the highest stress is predicted and a potential failure domain in the core of the laminate composite is established. The theory is verified by novel photoelastic experiments developed and conducted in this work. In addition, a micromechanical model of behavior of paper filaments under compression is proposed and verified experimentally. Based on this model, a novel method of measuring Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio of compressed paper is proposed and demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-136
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work was generously supported by the United States Gypsum Corporation.

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© 2019

Copyright 2019 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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