Date of Award
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Norma Jean Mattei
Dr. John A. McCorquodale
Dr. Malay Ghose Hajra
This study focuses on assessing the accuracy of the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory as computational bases to calculate strain and deflection of composite sandwich beam subjected to three-point and four-point bending. Two groups of composite sandwich beams tests results will be used for comparison purposes. Mechanical properties for the laminated skin are provided by researchers from University of Mississippi (Ellen Lackey et al., 2000). Mechanical properties for the balsa wood core are provided by Alcan Baltek Corporation. Appropriate material properties and test geometries are then used in the Euler-Bernoulli-based algorithm in order to generate analytical data for comparison to experimental data provided by researchers from University of New Orleans (UNO, 2005). The resulting single material cross section is then analyzed in the traditional manner using the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory. In general, the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory provides an appropriate analytical approach in predicting flexural behavior of composite sandwich beams.
Ho, Qhinhon D., "An Assessment Of The Accuracy Of The Euler-Bernoulli Beam Theory For Calculating Strain and Deflection in Composite Sandwich Beams" (2015). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2084.