Perforation of aluminium foam core sandwich panels under impact loading: A numerical and analytical study
1 Laboratoire de Génie Mécanique, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Monastir, Av. Ibn ElJazzar, Monastir 5019, Tunisia
2 Institut Supérieur des Systèmes Industriels de Gabès, 214 rue Slaheddine Ayoubi, 6011 Gabès, Tunisia
3 Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie, ENS-Cachan/CNRS-UMR8535/Université Paris 6, 61, avenue du président Wilson, 94235 Cachan Cedex, France
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Published online: 7 September 2015
This paper reports the numerical results of the inversed perforation test instrumented with Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar SHPB with an instrumented pressure bar on the AlSi7Mg0.5 aluminium foam core sandwich panels with 0.8 mm thick 2024 T3 aluminium top and bottom skin. The numerical models are developed in order to understand the origin of the enhancement of the top skin loads found under impact loading (paper published by ). Numerical predicted piercing force vs displacement curves are compared with experimental measurements (tests at impact velocities at 27 and 44 m/s). The simulation catches all process of the perforation of the sandwich panels (top skin, foam core, and bottom skin). Within experimental scatter, there is a good agreement between numerical predictions and experimental measurements. Virtual tests with different impact velocities up 200 m/s are presented and showed a significant enhancement of the piercing force under impact loading (top skin peak and foam core plateau loads). In order to understand the origin of these force enhancements, any difference of detailed local information between static and dynamic loading is studied and showed that a shock front effect is responsible for the enhancement piercing force. An analytical model using an improved RPPL shock model based a power law densification assumption is proposed to calculate the top skin piercing force. The improved RPPL shock model agrees with the FE results for small velocities and gives better prediction of the piercing force than the RPPL shock model for large velocities (>100 m/s).
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