Review of Current Trends in Research and Applications of Sandwich Structures


The review outlines modern trends in theoretical developments, novel designs and modern applications of sandwich structures. The most recent work published at the time of writing of this review is considered, older sources are listed only on as-needed basis. The review begins with the discussion on the analytical models and methods of analysis of sandwich structures as well as representative problems utilizing or comparing these models. Novel designs of sandwich structures is further elucidated concentrating on miscellaneous cores, introduction of nanotubes and smart materials in the elements of a sandwich structure as well as using functionally graded designs. Examples of problems experienced by developers and designers of sandwich structures, including typical damage, response under miscellaneous loads, environmental effects and fire are considered. Sample applications of sandwich structures included in the review concentrate on aerospace, civil and marine engineering, electronics and biomedical areas. Finally, the authors suggest a list of areas where they envision a pressing need in further research.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


The second author (George A. Kardomateas) would like to acknowledge financial support of the Office of Naval Research, Grant N00014-16-1-2831, as well as the interest and encouragement of the Grant Monitor, Dr. Y.D.S. Rajapakse. Also, the communications with Dr. Adrian Mouritz (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and Dr. Stefanie Feih (Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)) are warmly appreciated.

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Analytical models; Design; Functionally graded materials; Marine applications; Marine engineering; Sandwich structures; Yarn; Functionally graded; Methods of analysis; Modern applications; Novel design; Research and application; Sample applications; Strength; Theoretical development; Structural design; Analytical modelling

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01 Jun 2018