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An investigation of low velocity impact properties of rotationally moulded skin-foam-skin sandwich structure.

Saifullah, A., Thomas, B., Cripps, R., Tabeshfar, K. and Wang, L., 2020. An investigation of low velocity impact properties of rotationally moulded skin-foam-skin sandwich structure. Polymer Engineering and Science, 60 (February), 387-397.

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DOI: 10.1002/pen.25294

Abstract

In this study, the low velocity impact properties of rotationally moulded skin-foam-skin sandwich structures were investigated experimentally since there is a need for a greater understanding of the impact behaviour of these composites in service to extend the range of their applications. Polyethylene rotationally moulded sandwich structures were manufactured at various skin and core layer thickness combinations and tested using an instrumented low velocity drop weight impact testing machine at 20J to 100J impact energy levels, at room temperature. This allowed the identification of the impact response, failure mode, the effects of the skin and core layer thickness on impact resistance. Force-deflection curves, maximum force, contact time, maximum deflection versus impact energy curves were analysed. Samples were seen to fail due to the indentation dart piercing the upper and lower skins, with crushing and consolidation seen in the core foamed layer. Delamination at the core/skin interface was not observed. It was found that fracture initiates from the lower skin and then continues to grow to the upper skin via the foamed core layer. The impact resistance was noted to increase with increasing skin and core layer thickness, though an increase in skin layer thickness had a greater contribution than an increase in the core layer thickness. Keywords: Rotational moulding, skin-foam-skin, sandwich, low velocity impact, PE.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0032-3888
Uncontrolled Keywords:Keywords: Rotational moulding, skin-foam-skin, sandwich, low velocity impact, PE.
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:33144
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:17 Dec 2019 08:33
Last Modified:04 Feb 2020 14:57

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