Dynamic interfacial crack propagation and kinking in sandwich panels

Itay Odessa, Yeoshua Frostig, Oded Rabinovitch

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The dynamic interfacial crack propagation and crack kinking phenomena in sandwich panels are studied. The paper derives an analytical approach based on the Extended High-Order Sandwich Panel Theory (EHSAPT) and a cohesive interface modeling. The mathematical modeling of the panel makes a distinction between the face sheets and the core. The core is further divided into two bodies aiming to allow the nucleation of a shear crack in the core or the kinking of a core-face sheet crack into the core. The panel therefore includes four layers that are interconnected through three interfaces. The First-Order Shear Deformation Theory (FSDT) is adopted for the two face sheets and the EHSAPT is applied to the two core layers. Translational, rotational, and high order inertial effects are considered in all components. A geometrical nonlinear behavior with linear elastic laws is adopted for the face sheets while the core layers use linear kinematic relations and linear constitutive laws. The interfaces use nonlinear cohesive laws to model the dynamic nucleation, propagation, and kinking of cracks. The dynamic model is used for a numerical study of sandwich panels subjected to three point bending and end shortening loading conditions. The study explores the coupling of the crack propagation with the dynamic response. A comparison of the dynamic results with their static counterparts further explains the physical response of the sandwich panel and the dynamic characteristics of its failure mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107698
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
StatePublished - 1 May 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Crack propagation and Kinking
  • Dynamic analysis and response
  • Extended high-order sandwich panel theory
  • Nonlinear structural analysis
  • Sandwich panels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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