Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 461–472 | Cite as

Combined shear/compression structural testing of asymmetric sandwich structures

  • B. Castanié
  • J. J. Barrau
  • J. P. Jaouen
  • S. Rivallant


Asymmetric sandwich technology can be applied in the design of lightweight, non-pressurized aeronautical structures such as those of helicopters. A test rig of asymmetric sandwich structures subjected to compression/shear loads was designed, validated, and set up. It conforms to the standard certification procedure for composite aeronautical structures set out in the “test pyramid”, a multiscale approach. The static tests until failure showed asymmetric sandwich structures to be extremely resistant, which, in the case of the tested specimen shape, were characterized by the absence of buckling and failure compressive strains up to 10,000 μ strains. Specimens impacted with perforation damage were also tested, enabling the original phenomenon of crack propagation to be observed step-by-step. The results of the completed tests thus enable the concept to be validated, and justify the possibility of creating a much larger machine to overcome the drawbacks linked to the use of small specimens.

Key Words

Composite sandwich structures shear/compression testing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Castanié
    • 1
  • J. J. Barrau
    • 2
  • J. P. Jaouen
    • 3
  • S. Rivallant
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Génie Mécanique de Toulouse (I.G.M.T.)/Supaero Laboratoire StructuresToulouseFrance
  2. 2.I.G.M.T./Université Paul SabatierToulouseFrance
  3. 3.Eurocopter FranceMarignaneFrance

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