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  1. Sandwich Construction Solar Structural Facets

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    Diver, R. B.; Grossman, J.W.

    1998-12-22

    Silver/glass mirrors have excellent optical properties but need a method of support in order to be used in concentrating solar thermal systems. In collaboration with the Cummins dish/Stirling development program, they started investigating sandwich construction as a way to integrate silver/glass mirrors into solar optical elements. In sandwich construction, membranes such as sheet metal or plastic are bonded to the front and back of a core (like a sandwich). For solar optical elements, a glass mirror is bonded to one of the membranes. This type of construction has the advantages of a high strength-to-weight ratio, and reasonable material and manufacturing cost. The inherent stiffness of sandwich construction mirror panels also facilitates large panels. This can have cost advantages for both the amount of hardware required as well as reduced installation and alignment costs. In addition, by incorporating the panels into the support structure reductions in the amount of structural support required are potentially possible.

  2. Sandwich construction solar structural facets

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    Diver, R.B.; Grossman, J.W.

    1999-07-01

    Silver/glass mirrors have excellent optical properties but need a method of support in order to be used in concentrating solar thermal systems. In collaboration with the Cummins dish/Stirling development program, the authors started investigating sandwich construction as a way to integrate silver/glass mirrors into solar optical elements. In sandwich construction, membranes such as sheet metal or plastic are bonded to the front and back of a core (like a sandwich). For solar optical elements, a glass mirror is bonded to one of the membranes. This type of construction has the advantages of a high strength-to-weight ratio, and reasonable material and manufacturing cost. The inherent stiffness of sandwich construction mirror panels also facilitates large panels. This can have cost advantages for both the amount of hardware required as well as reduced installation and alignment costs. In addition, by incorporating the panels into the support structure reductions in the amount of structural support required are potentially possible. The authors have investigated sandwich construction panels that employ cores of polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane foams as well as conventional aluminum and cardboard honeycombs. The authors investigations have involved fabricating 0.5 x 0.6-m (20 x 24-inch) spherical-contour panels and testing their optical properties and environmental durability. The authors have also performed preliminary cost and performance studies. Evaluations included optical testing with the SunLab 2f and VSHOT tools both before and after exposures to environmental chamber testing. The results showed that sandwich mirror panels are potentially very accurate. However, long-term degradation due to creep was evident in all of the foam core facets. The aluminum honeycomb core facets were accurate and durable. In this paper, the design principles that guided the investigations, estimates of cost, and the results of the experimental investigations are presented.

  3. Impulsive Loading of Cellular Media in Sandwich Construction

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    Main, Joseph A.; Gazonas, George A.

    2006-07-01

    Motivated by recent efforts to mitigate blast loading using energy-absorbing materials, this paper investigates the uniaxial crushing of cellular media in sandwich construction under impulsive pressure loading. The cellular core is modeled using a rigid, perfectly-plastic, locking idealization, as in previous studies, and the front and back faces are modeled as rigid, with pressure loading applied to the front face and the back face unrestrained. Predictions of this analytical model show excellent agreement with explicit finite element computations, and the model is used to investigate the influence of the mass distribution between the core and the faces. Increasing the mass fraction in the front face is found to increase the impulse required for complete crushing of the cellular core but also to produce undesirable increases in back-face accelerations. Optimal mass distributions are investigated by maximizing the impulse capacity while limiting the back-face accelerations to a specified level.

  4. Effect of temperature on composite sandwich structures subjected to low velocity impact. [aircraft construction materials

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    Sharma, A. V.

    1980-01-01

    The effect of low velocity projectile impact on sandwich-type structural components was investigated. The materials used in the fabrication of the impact surface were graphite-, Kevlar-, and boron-fibers with appropriate epoxy matrices. The testing of the specimens was performed at moderately low- and high-temperatures as well as at room temperature to assess the impact-initiated strength degradation of the laminates. Eleven laminates with different stacking sequences, orientations, and thicknesses were tested. The low energy projectile impact is considered to simulate the damage caused by runway debris, the dropping of the hand tools during servicing, etc., on the secondary aircraft structures fabricated with the composite materials. The results show the preload and the impact energy combinations necessary to cause catastrophic failure in the laminates tested. A set of faired curves indicating the failure thresholds is shown separately for the tension-and compression-loaded laminates. The specific-strengths and -modulii for the various laminates tested are also given.

  5. Composite sandwich construction with syntactic foam core - A practical assessment of post-impact damage and residual strength

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    Hiel, C.; Dittman, D.; Ishai, O.

    1993-01-01

    An account is given of an inspection method that has been successfully used to assess the postimpact damage and residual strength of syntactic (glass microspheres in epoxy matrix) foam-core sandwich panels with hybrid (carbon and glass fiber-reinforced) composite skins, which inherently possess high damage tolerance. SEM establishes that the crushing of the microspheres is responsible for the absorption of most of the impact energy. Damage tolerance is a function of the localization of damage by that high impact energy absorption.

  6. Construction of tetranuclear metallacycles based on half-sandwich Ir, Rh fragments and pyridyl-substituted ligands with different coordinate vectors.

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    Fan, Qi-Jia; Zhang, Wen-Ying; Lin, Yue-Jian; Jin, Guo-Xin

    2016-03-21

    A series of organometallic macrocycles have been constructed by two-step reactions of [Cp*M(μ-Cl)Cl]2 (M = Ir, Rh), firstly with AgOTf to abstract chloride ions and then with simple pyridyl-substituted ligands-pyridyldipyrromethene (HL(1)), pyridin-4-yl (1H-pyrrol-2-yl)methanone (HL(2)) and pyridine-4-carbohydrazide (HL(3))-resulting in the formation of the tetranuclear 32-membered metallacycles [(Cp*Ir)(L(1))]4(OTf)4 (2a) and [(Cp*Rh)(L(1))]4(OTf)4 (2b), and the 28-membered metallacycles [(Cp*Ir)(L(2))]4 (OTf)4 (3a), [(Cp*Rh)(L(2))]4(OTf)4 (3b), [(Cp*Ir)(L(3))]4(OTf)4 (4a) and [(Cp*Rh)(L(3))]4(OTf)4 (4b). Four target complexes were characterised by single crystal X-ray analyses, revealing that these metallacycles, constructed from half-sandwich metal corners and pyridyl-substituted linkers, form large ring structures. The observed variation in the metallacyclic geometries was explained on the basis of the structural flexibility of the corner fragments, subtle changes in coordination geometries, and changes in the orientation of the coordinate vectors in the given ligands, as well as different dihedral angles between the two binding fragments in the nonplanar ligands. PMID:26845526

  7. Three-dimensional tin dioxide/carbon composite constructed by hollow nanospheres with quasi-sandwich structures as improved anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Tian, Qinghua; Tian, Yang; Zhang, Zhengxi; Yang, Li; Hirano, Shin-ichi

    2016-02-01

    Tin dioxide (SnO2)-based materials have been considered to be promisingly alternative advanced anode materials for lithium-ion batteries and thus attracted wide attention. So far, the research focus of SnO2-based anode materials is to search and develop effective strategies for overcoming the obstacles, such as rapid capacity fading and poor rate capability, which seriously impede the practical application of SnO2-based electrodes. Herein, we have successfully combined nanoscale SnO2 with 3-dimensional carbon (C) conductivity framework to form a 3-dimensional unparalleled SnO2/C composite constructed by closely interconnected hollow nanospheres with quasi-sandwich structures. When evaluated as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, the as-prepared SnO2/C composite exhibits improved cycling performance and high rate capability, delivering a high capacity of 576.6 mAh g-1 at 200 mA g-1 even after 500 cycles, and a capacity of 411.7 mAh g-1 even at 5 A g-1 during rate test. The unparalleled 3-dimensional architecture should be responsible for the good electrochemical performance.

  8. "If They're the Customer, I'm the Meat in the Sandwich": An Exploration of Tertiary Teachers' Metaphorical Constructions of Teaching

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    Emerson, Lisa; Mansvelt, Juliana

    2014-01-01

    Metaphors are a primary influence on the way we perceive and construct our world; they are also a way of revealing beliefs and attitudes that might otherwise be difficult to identify. Furthermore, metaphor has been found to be an effective way of shifting people's beliefs, attitudes and behaviour. This paper details the findings of a pilot

  9. Structural Analysis of Sandwich Foam Panels

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    Kosny, Jan; Huo, X. Sharon

    2010-04-01

    The Sandwich Panel Technologies including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) can be used to replace the conventional wooden-frame construction method. The main purpose of this Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between UT-Battelle, LLC and SGI Venture, Inc. was to design a novel high R-value type of metal sandwich panelized technology. This CRADA project report presents design concept discussion and numerical analysis results from thermal performance study of this new building envelope system. The main objective of this work was to develop a basic concept of a new generation of wall panel technologies which will have R-value over R-20 will use thermal mass to improve energy performance in cooling dominated climates and will be 100% termite resistant. The main advantages of using sandwich panels are as follows: (1) better energy saving structural panels with high and uniform overall wall R-value across the elevation that could not be achieved in traditional walls; and (2) reducing the use of raw materials or need for virgin lumber. For better utilization of these Sandwich panels, engineers need to have a thorough understanding of the actual performance of the panels and system. Detailed analysis and study on the capacities and deformation of individual panels and its assembly have to be performed to achieve that goal. The major project activity was to conduct structural analysis of the stresses, strains, load capacities, and deformations of individual sandwich components under various load cases. The analysis simulated the actual loading conditions of the regular residential building and used actual material properties of the steel facings and foam.

  10. HYBRID-SANDWICHED REINFORCEMENT WITH GEOSYNTHETICS

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    Yasuhara, Kazuya; Yamazaki, Shinji; Sakakibara, Tsutomu

    Advantageous aspects of sandwich-type reinforced earth structures combined with geosynthetics and sand mat are highlighted in this paper. Those aspects were elucidated by two kinds of laboratory tests : (1) large consolidation tests for improvement of hydraulic conductivity and (2) model footing tests on improvement of bearing capacity and deformation characteristics for reinforced earth structures, including both vertical permeability and horizontal transmissibility characteristics of geosynthetics results from both laboratory tests indicated the following: i) Hydraulic conductivity of geosynthetics used for this type of earth reinforcement can be maintained for a long period. Such conductivity sometimes disappears, particularly because of clogging when geosynthetics are adopted in embankment construction using fine-grained soils. This fact indicates that the sand mats which are laid above and beneath geosynthetics play a salient role in preventing clogging of geosynthetics that occurs by intrusion of fines from cohesive soils. ii) Sandwich-type reinforcement combined with geosynthetics and sand mats increases stability and decreases deformation of earth structures. In particular, the sandwich structure is effective for providing toughness, which has remained an important issue for reducing infrastructural maintenance and costs. In the later part of the paper, conventionally available stability analysis was carried out to propose the design procedure for reinforced earth structures and at the same time numerical analysis was also conducted to ensure the applicability of the hybrid-sandwiched earth reinforcement newly proposed in the current paper. Finally, based on the horizontal placement by means of HBS described in the current paper, the vertical drain procedure using the sandwich structures for accelerating consolidation and increasing stability of soft soils is also suggested for the future research and investigation.

  11. Characterization of sandwich panels for indentation and impact

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    Shazly, M.; Bahei-El-Din, Y.; Salem, S.

    2013-07-01

    The integrity of sandwich structures which are susceptible to impact may deteriorate significantly due to collapse of the core material and delamination of the face sheets. The integration of a thin polyurethane interlayer between the composite face sheet and foam core is known to protect the core material and substantially improve the resistance to impact. The objective of the present work is to characterize the response of sandwich panels, as well as that of the constituents to impact. In particular, the response of polyurethane and foam samples under a range of quasi-static and dynamic loading rates is determined experimentally. Furthermore, the response of sandwich panels to quasi-static indentation and low velocity impact is examined to quantify the extent of damage and how it is affected by the integration of polyurethane interlayers in their construction. This information is useful in the modelling of high velocity impact of sandwich panels; an effort which is currently underway. The results illustrate the benefit of using polyurethane interlayers within the construction of sandwich panels in enhancing their performance under quasi-static indentation and impact loads.

  12. Facesheet Delamination of Composite Sandwich Materials at Cryogenic Temperatures

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    Gates, Thomas S.; Odegard, Gregory M.; Herring, Helen M.

    2003-01-01

    The next generation of space transportation vehicles will require advances in lightweight structural materials and related design concepts to meet the increased demands on performance. One potential source for significant structural weight reduction is the replacement of traditional metallic cryogenic fuel tanks with new designs for polymeric matrix composite tanks. These new tank designs may take the form of thin-walled sandwich constructed with lightweight core and composite facesheets. Life-time durability requirements imply the materials must safely carry pressure loads, external structural loads, resist leakage and operate over an extremely wide temperature range. Aside from catastrophic events like tank wall penetration, one of the most likely scenarios for failure of a tank wall of sandwich construction is the permeation of cryogenic fluid into the sandwich core and the subsequent delamination of the sandwich facesheet due to the build-up of excessive internal pressure. The research presented in this paper was undertaken to help understand this specific problem of core to facesheet delamination in cryogenic environments and relate this data to basic mechanical properties. The experimental results presented herein provide data on the strain energy release rate (toughness) of the interface between the facesheet and the core of a composite sandwich subjected to simulated internal pressure. A unique test apparatus and associated test methods are described and the results are presented to highlight the effects of cryogenic temperature on the measured material properties.

  13. Hybrid inorganic-organic polyrotaxane, pseudorotaxane, and sandwich.

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    Yu, Li; Li, Mian; Zhou, Xiao-Ping; Li, Dan

    2013-09-16

    Inorganic copper(I)/silver(I) halide/pseudohalide components are used to thread classical organic tetracationic macrocycles, cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) and cyclobis(paraquat-4,4'-biphenylene), to construct crystalline inorganic-organic adducts, featuring an unprecedented hybrid polyrotaxane and several unusual hybrid pseudorotaxanes and sandwiches. PMID:24003939

  14. Survey Of The State Of The Art Composites And Sandwich Structures

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    Cornel, Bucur; Ana Maria, Bucur

    2015-09-01

    The objective of the work is to present some researches regarding composits. The aim is motivated by the new materials such as composites and structural concepts, sandwich construction that have resulted in lighter structural designs with superior performance. There are presented and discussed the types of matrix materials, sandwich construction, failure modes in sandwich structures and design considerations. It is not possible to cover every aspect of this vast subject. The purpose here is to impart the basic knowledge so that the people involved in the structural repairs will have better understanding of the processes.

  15. Wire and Packing Tape Sandwiches

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    Rabinowitz, Sandy

    2009-01-01

    In this article, the author describes how students can combine craft wire with clear packing tape to create a two-dimensional design that can be bent and twisted to create a three-dimensional form. Students sandwich wire designs between two layers of tape. (Contains 1 online resource.)

  16. High temperature structural sandwich panels

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    Papakonstantinou, Christos G.

    High strength composites are being used for making lightweight structural panels that are being employed in aerospace, naval and automotive structures. Recently, there is renewed interest in use of these panels. The major problem of most commercial available sandwich panels is the fire resistance. A recently developed inorganic matrix is investigated for use in cases where fire and high temperature resistance are necessary. The focus of this dissertation is the development of a fireproof composite structural system. Sandwich panels made with polysialate matrices have an excellent potential for use in applications where exposure to high temperatures or fire is a concern. Commercial available sandwich panels will soften and lose nearly all of their compressive strength temperatures lower than 400°C. This dissertation consists of the state of the art, the experimental investigation and the analytical modeling. The state of the art covers the performance of existing high temperature composites, sandwich panels and reinforced concrete beams strengthened with Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP). The experimental part consists of four major components: (i) Development of a fireproof syntactic foam with maximum specific strength, (ii) Development of a lightweight syntactic foam based on polystyrene spheres, (iii) Development of the composite system for the skins. The variables are the skin thickness, modulus of elasticity of skin and high temperature resistance, and (iv) Experimental evaluation of the flexural behavior of sandwich panels. Analytical modeling consists of a model for the flexural behavior of lightweight sandwich panels, and a model for deflection calculations of reinforced concrete beams strengthened with FRP subjected to fatigue loading. The experimental and analytical results show that sandwich panels made with polysialate matrices and ceramic spheres do not lose their load bearing capability during severe fire exposure, where temperatures reach several hundred degrees Centigrade. Hence the material has excellent potential for various types of applications. The analytical predictions from both models provide reasonably accurate results. Glass, AR-glass, carbon and Nicalon tows and carbon fabrics could be successfully used as skin reinforcements increasing the flexural stiffness and strength of the core. No occurrence of fiber delamination was observed.

  17. Bending Stiffness of Multiwall Sandwich

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    Blosser, M. L.

    1983-01-01

    An analytical and experimental study was carried out to understand the extensional and flexural behavior of multiwall sandwich, a metallic insulation composed of alternate layers of flat and dimpled foil. The multiwall sandwich was structurally analyzed by using several simplifying assumptions combined with a finite element analysis. The simplifying assumptions made in this analysis were evaluated by bending and tensile tests. Test results validate the assumption that flat sheets in compression do not significantly contribute to the flexural stiffness of multiwall sandwich for the multiwall geometry tested. However, calculations show that thicker flat sheets may contribute significantly to bending stiffness and cannot be ignored. Results of this analytical approach compare well with test data; both show that the extensional stiffness of the dimpled sheet in he 0 deg direction is about 30 percent of that for a flat sheet, and that in the 45 deg direction, it is about 10 percent. The analytical and experimental multiwall bending stiffness showed good agreement for the particular geometry tested.

  18. Quasicircular orbits of conformal thin-sandwich puncture binary black holes

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    Hannam, Mark D.

    2005-08-15

    I construct initial data for equal-mass irrotational binary black holes using the conformal thin-sandwich puncture approach. I locate quasicircular orbits using the effective-potential method, and estimate the location of the innermost stable circular orbit (ISCO). The ISCO prediction is consistent with results for conformal thin-sandwich data produced using excision techniques. These results also show that the ISCOs predicted by the effective-potential and ADM-Komar mass-comparison methods agree for conformal thin-sandwich data, just as they did for Bowen-York data.

  19. Development of biobased sandwich structures for mass transit application

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    Munusamy, Sethu Raaj

    Efforts to increase the biobased content in sandwich composites are being investigated to reduce the dependence on synthetically produced or mined, energy-intensive materials for numerous composite applications. Vegetable oil-based polyurethane foams are gaining recognition as good substitutes for synthetic counter parts while utilizing bast fiber to replace fiberglass is also gaining credence. In this study, soy oil-based polyurethane foam was evaluated as a core in a sandwich construction with facesheets of hybridized kenaf and E-glass fibers in a vinyl ester resin matrix to replace traditionally used plywood sheeting on steel frame for mass transit bus flooring systems. As a first step towards implementation, the static performance of the biobased foam was compared to 100% synthetic foam. Secondly, biobased sandwich structures were processed and their static performance was compared to plywood. The biobased sandwich composites designed and processed were shown to hold promise towards replacing plywood for bus flooring applications by displaying an increase of 130% for flexural strength and 135% for flexural modulus plus better indentation values.

  20. A general small-deflection theory for flat sandwich plates

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    Libove, Charles; Batdorf, S B

    1948-01-01

    A small-deflection theory is developed for the elastic behavior of orthotropic flat plates in which deflections due to shear are taken into account. In this theory, which covers all types of flat sandwich construction, a plate is characterized by seven physical constants (five stiffnesses and two Poisson ratios) of which six are independent. Both the energy expression and the differential equations are developed. Boundary conditions corresponding to simply supported, clamped, and elastically restrained edges are considered.

  1. Facesheet Wrinkling in Sandwich Structures

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    Ley, Robert P.; Lin, Weichuan; Mbanefo, Uy

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to provide a concise summary of the state-of-the-art for the analysis of the facesheet wrinkling mode of failure in sandwich structures. This document is not an exhaustive review of the published research related to facesheet wrinkling. Instead, a smaller number of key papers are reviewed in order to provide designers and analysts with a working understanding of the state-of-the-art. Designers and analysts should use this survey to guide their judgement when deciding which one of a wide variety of available facesheet wrinkling design formulas is applicable to a specific design problem.

  2. Composite Sandwich Technologies Lighten Components

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    2010-01-01

    Leveraging its private resources with several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts with both NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense, WebCore Technologies LLC, of Miamisburg, Ohio, developed a fiber-reinforced foam sandwich panel it calls TYCOR that can be used for a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications. Testing at Glenn Research Center?s Ballistic Impact Facility demonstrated that the technology was able to exhibit excellent damage localization and stiffness during impact. The patented and trademarked material has found use in many demanding applications, including marine, ground transportation, mobile shelters, bridges, and most notably, wind turbines.

  3. Compressive strength after blast of sandwich composite materials

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    Arora, H.; Kelly, M.; Worley, A.; Del Linz, P.; Fergusson, A.; Hooper, P. A.; Dear, J. P.

    2014-01-01

    Composite sandwich materials have yet to be widely adopted in the construction of naval vessels despite their excellent strength-to-weight ratio and low radar return. One barrier to their wider use is our limited understanding of their performance when subjected to air blast. This paper focuses on this problem and specifically the strength remaining after damage caused during an explosion. Carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite skins on a styrene–acrylonitrile (SAN) polymer closed-cell foam core are the primary composite system evaluated. Glass-fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite skins were also included for comparison in a comparable sandwich configuration. Full-scale blast experiments were conducted, where 1.6×1.3 m sized panels were subjected to blast of a Hopkinson–Cranz scaled distance of 3.02 m kg−1/3, 100 kg TNT equivalent at a stand-off distance of 14 m. This explosive blast represents a surface blast threat, where the shockwave propagates in air towards the naval vessel. Hopkinson was the first to investigate the characteristics of this explosive air-blast pulse (Hopkinson 1948 Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A 89, 411–413 (doi:10.1098/rspa.1914.0008)). Further analysis is provided on the performance of the CFRP sandwich panel relative to the GFRP sandwich panel when subjected to blast loading through use of high-speed speckle strain mapping. After the blast events, the residual compressive load-bearing capacity is investigated experimentally, using appropriate loading conditions that an in-service vessel may have to sustain. Residual strength testing is well established for post-impact ballistic assessment, but there has been less research performed on the residual strength of sandwich composites after blast. PMID:24711494

  4. Compressive strength after blast of sandwich composite materials.

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    Arora, H; Kelly, M; Worley, A; Del Linz, P; Fergusson, A; Hooper, P A; Dear, J P

    2014-05-13

    Composite sandwich materials have yet to be widely adopted in the construction of naval vessels despite their excellent strength-to-weight ratio and low radar return. One barrier to their wider use is our limited understanding of their performance when subjected to air blast. This paper focuses on this problem and specifically the strength remaining after damage caused during an explosion. Carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite skins on a styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) polymer closed-cell foam core are the primary composite system evaluated. Glass-fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite skins were also included for comparison in a comparable sandwich configuration. Full-scale blast experiments were conducted, where 1.6×1.3 m sized panels were subjected to blast of a Hopkinson-Cranz scaled distance of 3.02 m kg(-1/3), 100 kg TNT equivalent at a stand-off distance of 14 m. This explosive blast represents a surface blast threat, where the shockwave propagates in air towards the naval vessel. Hopkinson was the first to investigate the characteristics of this explosive air-blast pulse (Hopkinson 1948 Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A 89, 411-413 (doi:10.1098/rspa.1914.0008)). Further analysis is provided on the performance of the CFRP sandwich panel relative to the GFRP sandwich panel when subjected to blast loading through use of high-speed speckle strain mapping. After the blast events, the residual compressive load-bearing capacity is investigated experimentally, using appropriate loading conditions that an in-service vessel may have to sustain. Residual strength testing is well established for post-impact ballistic assessment, but there has been less research performed on the residual strength of sandwich composites after blast. PMID:24711494

  5. Advanced robust design optimization of FRP sandwich floor panels

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    Awad, Z. K.; Gonzalez, F.; Aravinthan, T.

    2010-06-01

    FRP composite is now being used in the construction of main structural elements, such as the FRP sandwich panel for flooring system and bridges. The objective of this research is to use multi-objective optimization and robust design techniques to minimize the weight of the FRP sandwich floor panel design as well as maximizing the natural frequency. An Australian manufactures has invented a new FRP composite panel suitable for civil engineering constructions. This research work aims to develop an optimal design of structural fibre composite sandwich floor panel by coupling a Finite Element FE and robust design optimization method. The design variables are the skin plies thickness and the core thickness as a robust variable. Results indicate that there is a trade-off between the objectives. The robust design technique is used then to select a set of candidate geometry, which has a high natural frequency, low weight and low standard deviation. The design simulation was formulated by depending on the EUROCOMP standard design constraints.

  6. A numerical study of periodic sandwich propellants with oxygenated binders

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    Zhou, Xu; Jackson, T. L.; Buckmaster, J.

    2003-06-01

    We examine sandwich propellants constructed from sheets of pure ammonium perchlorate (AP) interleaved with an AP/binder blend, and construct solutions numerically using a code that fully couples gas-phase and solid-phase processes via an unsteady moving interface. This code has been used elsewhere to simulate the burning of random packs of spherical AP particles embedded in binder. We show that for a stoichiometric configuration, variations of the burning rate with ? (a measure of the oxygenation of the AP/binder blend) are not monotonic, but display a weak maximum; and variations of the burning rate with sandwich thickness are monotonic for small ?, but display a minimum for large ? (e.g. ? = 0.5). When the equivalence ratio is varied, the burning rate displays a maximum on the fuel-lean side when ? is small, on the fuel-rich side when ? is large. These results, and the manner in which the sandwich topography varies with the different parameters, suggest that the configuration could be invaluable for validating the model ingredients and parameter values of heterogeneous propellant combustion codes.

  7. Development and Evaluation of Stitched Sandwich Panels

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    Stanley, Larry E.; Adams, Daniel O.; Reeder, James R. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    This study explored the feasibility and potential benefits provided by the addition of through-the-thickness reinforcement to sandwich structures. Through-the-thickness stitching is proposed to increase the interlaminar strength and damage tolerance of composite sandwich structures. A low-cost, out-of-autoclave processing method was developed to produce composite sandwich panels with carbon fiber face sheets, a closed-cell foam core, and through-the-thickness Kevlar stitching. The sandwich panels were stitched in a dry preform state, vacuum bagged, and infiltrated using Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) processing. For comparison purposes, unstitched sandwich panels were produced using the same materials and manufacturing methodology. Test panels were produced initially at the University of Utah and later at NASA Langley Research Center. Four types of mechanical tests were performed: flexural testing, flatwise tensile testing, core shear testing, and edgewise compression testing. Drop-weight impact testing followed by specimen sectioning was performed to characterize the damage resistance of stitched sandwich panels. Compression after impact (CAI) testing was performed to evaluate the damage tolerance of the sandwich panels. Results show significant increases in the flexural stiffness and strength, out-of-plane tensile strength, core shear strength, edgewise compression strength, and compression-after-impact strength of stitched sandwich structures.

  8. Graphene-antenna sandwich photodetector.

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    Fang, Zheyu; Liu, Zheng; Wang, Yumin; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J

    2012-07-11

    Nanoscale antennas sandwiched between two graphene monolayers yield a photodetector that efficiently converts visible and near-infrared photons into electrons with an 800% enhancement of the photocurrent relative to the antennaless graphene device. The antenna contributes to the photocurrent in two ways: by the transfer of hot electrons generated in the antenna structure upon plasmon decay, as well as by direct plasmon-enhanced excitation of intrinsic graphene electrons due to the antenna near field. This results in a graphene-based photodetector achieving up to 20% internal quantum efficiency in the visible and near-infrared regions of the spectrum. This device can serve as a model for merging the light-harvesting characteristics of optical frequency antennas with the highly attractive transport properties of graphene in new optoelectronic devices. PMID:22703522

  9. Properties of polyurethane foam/coconut coir fiber as a core material and as a sandwich composites component

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    Azmi, M. A.; Abdullah, H. Z.; Idris, M. I.

    2013-12-01

    This research focuses on the fabrication and characterization of sandwich composite panels using glass fiber composite skin and polyurethane foam reinforced coconut coir fiber core. The main objectives are to characterize the physical and mechanical properties and to elucidate the effect of coconut coir fibers in polyurethane foam cores and sandwich composite panels. Coconut coir fibers were used as reinforcement in polyurethane foams in which later were applied as the core in sandwich composites ranged from 5 wt% to 20 wt%. The physical and mechanical properties found to be significant at 5 wt% coconut coir fiber in polyurethane foam cores as well as in sandwich composites. It was found that composites properties serve better in sandwich composites construction.

  10. Compression testing of periodic cellular sandwich cores

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    Bouwhuis, Brandon; Hibbard, Glenn

    2006-12-01

    Periodic cellular metal (PCM) hybrid sandwich cores with 95 pet open porosity have been constructed from perforated 3003 aluminum alloy (AA3003) sheets using perforation-stretching methods. Two compressive collapse mechanisms ( i.e., plastic hinging and plastic buckling) were studied using two limiting test conditions: first, where the PCM nodes were restricted only by interfacial friction ( i.e., free compression) and compressive forces were resisted primarily through strut bending and plastic hinging mechanisms; and, second, where the PCM nodes were laterally confined ( i.e., confined compression) and compressive forces were resisted primarily through strutbuckling mechanisms. The contribution of each collapse mechanism to the overall truss core performance was studied. The strut bending during free compression was tracked by a nodal displacement mapping (NDM) technique, while the progression of confined compression strut buckling was correlated to the truss core stress-strain profile. The present data can be used to illustrate the different strengths between strut bending (free-PCM) and strut buckling (confined-PCM) collapse mechanisms.

  11. Sandwiched osmotic tablet core for nifedipine controlled delivery.

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    Liu, L; Khang, G; Rhee, J M; Lee, H B

    1999-01-01

    The sandwiched osmotic tablet core, which is composed of a middle push layer and two attached drug layers, has been prepared and systematically studied with the purpose of delivering water-insoluble nifedipine. The advantage of the sandwiched osmotic tablet system over the commercialized push-pull osmotic tablet system is its simplicity of preparation, as the surface identification was avoided. It was observed that polyethylene oxides (PEO) with molecular weight (MW) of 300,000 and 8,000,000 g/mole were suitable for the thickening agent of drug layer and the expandable hydrogel of push layer, respectively. The weight ratio of 190/190 for drug layer/push layer was also found to be suitable. It has been observed that PEO amount of the push layer and the KCl amount of the drug layer had profoundly positive influence on nifedipine release. A push layer/drug layer co-controlled osmotic delivery mechanism has been proposed and the optimal tablet formulation has been obtained. It was also found that PEO and nifedipine were miscible, which may support the application of PEO in nifedipine dosage forms. Meanwhile, the PEO/nifedipine binary phase diagram has been constructed. The sandwiched osmotic tablet system can deliver nifedipine in an approximate zero-order rate up to 24 hours. It may be potentially used for the delivery of water-insoluble drugs. PMID:10822485

  12. Sandwich structures for high temperature applications: Microstructural development and mechanical performance

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    Azarmi, Fardad

    There has been a great deal of interest in the development of sandwich structures as viable engineering constructions. It is due to their unique structural, physical, and mechanical characteristics such as light weight, high strength to weight ratio, high bending stiffness, excellent thermal and acoustical insulation. Although the service temperature for most applications of sandwich structures is low, the outstanding properties make sandwich constructions attractive for use in high temperature service conditions as well. The overall performance of sandwich constructions depends on the material properties of skin and core, and their geometrical characteristics. An investigation of the characteristics of sandwich structures suitable for high temperature application is presented. The objective of the investigation was to develop a process for producing sandwich structures by depositing alloy 625 skins on Ni foam cores using air plasma spraying (APS), and to characterize the structure and mechanical behavior of the constituents and the sandwich structure. The experimental investigation consisted of optimization of deposition process parameters, microstructural and mechanical characterization of sandwich constituents and testing of mechanical performance of sandwich structures under flexural loading conditions. The responses of the as-received foam, as-sprayed coating, and as-fabricated sandwich structure to heat treatment were investigated. Available analytical models and numerical simulations linking the mechanical properties of the Ni alloy foam, the alloy 625 coating, and the sandwich structure to their physical properties and microstructures were compared with the results of mechanical testing to understand the behavior of the sandwich structure in terms of the properties of the constituents. An empirical model was developed to predict deposition parameters which simultaneously minimize the oxide content and the porosity in the alloy 625 coating. The optimum spraying conditions produced a coating with less than 4% oxide and less than 3% porosity. The elastic modulus of the as-sprayed coating increased from 10% of the value of conventionally processed alloy 625 material to 25% of that value after a 5 hour heat treatment at 1100C. The ductility of the as-sprayed samples was as low as 1% compared to 15--20% for conventionally processed materials. The elastic modulus and yield stress of the as-received Ni alloy foam samples was also improved significantly by heat treatment. The mechanical behavior of sandwich structures with skin thickness of 0.5 and 0.1 mm were examined under four point bending test. The flexural rigidity of the sandwich structures increased after heat treatment for both skin thicknesses, however the rigidity was found to be lower in all cases than the rigidity predicted by analytical models based on the measured properties of the constituents. The dominant failure mode observed for the sandwich samples with skin thicknesses of 0.1 mm and 0.5 mm were core yielding and skin indentation, respectively.

  13. Optimization of nonhomogeneous facesheets in composite sandwich plates

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    Kataoka Filho, Mario

    Minimum weight design is an important criterion in aircraft and spacecraft because it allows either an increased pay-load or higher performance. As a result, the use of composite sandwich panels has grown due to their light weight and high rigidity. In order to further increase the efficiency of these structures, designers have used different materials in different shapes in the facesheets and in the core. One of the most recent innovations has been the use of a uniform net of carbon fibre/epoxy as the facesheets. In the present study, the optimal design of sandwich plates with heterogeneous, facesheets is treated. The plate mass is minimized, considering the first natural frequency and certain failure loads as constraints. Weight reduction is obtained by defining a nonuniform distribution of composite material in the facesheets. Initially, the facesheets are assumed to be constructed of composite strips in a regular pattern. During the optimization process, both the widths of the strips and the spacing between them are varied to decrease the amount of material used. Such a design is conceptually straightforward to manufacture and, therefore, would lead to improved performance with little cost penalty. In order to solve this problem, it is first necessary to develop a computer code to determine the natural frequencies and the stresses in these plates. The bending and vibration problems for sandwich plates with heterogeneous facesheets are solved using the Ritz Method in conjunction with the assumptions formulated by Reissner for sandwich plates. Since the sandwich plate considered in this study has facesheets constructed of nets and the computer code was developed to analyse laminates with heterogeneous continuous layers, it was necessary to use a procedure to approximate the nonuniform net as a smoothed orthotropic heterogeneous continuum. The smoothing process is accomplished using the theory of homogenisation and the material coefficients were calculated using the Finite Element Method. Two approaches were considered to define the design variables of the problem: an independent design approach, in which the facesheets are discretized into regions with uniform design parameters; and a reduced basis formulation, in which the design is specified by a linear combination of orthogonal basis functions. This study solved the problem proposed. It has been demonstrated that variation in density is important and can lead to significant design improvement. Across of the face of the optimally designed plate, the density varies by a factor of 9. Also, the problems solved showed that the mass of the facesheets can be reduced up to 50%.

  14. An h-p Finite Element Vibration Analysis of Open Conical Sandwich Panels and Conical Sandwich Frusta

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    BARDELL, N. S.; LANGLEY, R. S.; DUNSDON, J. M.; AGLIETTI, G. S.

    1999-09-01

    The vibration study of a general three-layer conical sandwich panel based on theh -p version of the finite element method is presented in this paper. No restriction is placed on the degree of curvature of the shell, thereby relaxing the strictures associated with shallow shell theory. The methodology incorporates a new set of trigonometric functions to provide the element p -enrichment, and elements may be joined together to model either open conical panels, or complete conical frusta (circumferentially connected, but open at each end). The full range of classical boundary conditions, which includes free, clamped, simply supported and shear diaphragm edges, may be applied in any combination to open and closed panels, thereby facilitating the study of a wide range of conical sandwich shells. The convergence properties of this element have been established for different combinations of the h - and p -parameters, thereby assuring its integrity for more general use. Since very little work has been reported on the vibration characteristic of either circumferentially closed or open conical sandwich panels, the main thrust of this work has been to present and validate an efficient modelling technique, rather than to perform numerous parameter and/or sensitivity studies. To this end, some new results are presented and subsequently validated using a commercially available finite element package. It is shown that for results of comparable accuracy, models constructed using the h-p formulation require significantly fewer degrees of freedom than those assembled using the commercial package. Some preliminary experimental results are also included for completeness.

  15. Fracture behavior of some lightweight sandwich structures

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    Lee, J.R.; Park, S.J.

    1995-10-01

    The mechanical flexural properties of foams and honeycombs are studied using three-point bending tests. It is suggested that the role of adhesives and their interface properties are considered with various attached skin and core structures for high performance light weight composites. The results of acoustic emission analysis on the foam core sandwich structures are also identified. In compared foam sandwich structure with that of honeycomb, more enhanced role of interface are observed in foam cores.

  16. Precast concrete sandwich panels subjected to impact loading

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    Runge, Matthew W.

    Precast concrete sandwich panels are a relatively new product in the construction industry. The design of these panels incorporates properties that allow for great resilience against temperature fluctuation as well as the very rapid and precise construction of facilities. The concrete sandwich panels investigated in this study represent the second generation of an ongoing research and development project. This second generation of panels have been engineered to construct midsized commercial buildings up to three stories in height as well as residential dwellings. The panels consist of a double-tee structural wythe, a foam core and a fascia wythe, joined by shear connectors. Structures constructed from these panels may be subjected to extreme loading including the effects of seismic and blast loading in addition to wind. The aim of this work was to investigate the behaviour of this particular sandwich panel when subjected to structural impact events. The experimental program consisted of fourteen concrete sandwich panels, five of which were considered full-sized specimens (2700 mm X 1200mm X 270 mm) and nine half-sized specimens (2700mm X 600mm X 270 mm) The panels were subjected to impact loads from a pendulum impact hammer where the total energy applied to the panels was varied by changing the mass of the hammer. The applied loads, displacements, accelerations, and strains at the mid-span of the panel as well as the reaction point forces were monitored during the impact. The behaviour of the panels was determined primarily from the experimental results. The applied loads at low energy levels that caused little to no residual deflection as well as the applied loads at high energy levels that represent catastrophic events and thus caused immediate failure were determined from an impact on the structural and the fascia wythes. Applied loads at intermediate energy levels representing extreme events were also used to determine whether or not the panels could withstand multiple impacts. It was shown that panels impacted on the fascia wythe are capable of withstanding multiple impacts of energy levels in excess of 16 000 J while panels that were impacted on the structural wythe are capable of resisting a single impact delivering an energy level of 10 000 J or multiple impacts from an energy level of 5 000 J. A Single Degree of Freedom (SDOF) model was developed to predict the maximum deflection of the panels and it provided a good approximation of the deflection observed during the experimental program. A high degree of composite action between the two wythes was determined to exist from the results of high speed video imaging and through SDOF modelling.

  17. Experimental study of acoustical characteristics of honeycomb sandwich structures

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    Peters, Portia Renee

    Loss factor measurements were performed on sandwich panels to determine the effects of different skin and core materials on the acoustical properties. Results revealed inserting a viscoelastic material in the core's mid-plane resulted in the highest loss factor. Panels constructed with carbon-fiber skins exhibited larger loss factors than glass-fiber skins. Panels designed to achieve subsonic wave speed did not show a significant increase in loss factor above the coincidence frequency. The para-aramid core had a larger loss factor value than the meta-aramid core. Acoustic absorption coefficients were measured for honeycomb sandwiches designed to incorporate multiple sound-absorbing devices, including Helmholtz resonators and porous absorbers. The structures consisted of conventional honeycomb cores filled with closed-cell polyurethane foams of various densities and covered with perforated composite facesheets. Honeycomb cores filled with higher density foam resulted in higher absorption coefficients over the frequency range of 50 -- 1250 Hz. However, this trend was not observed at frequencies greater than 1250 Hz, where the honeycomb filled with the highest density foam yielded the lowest absorption coefficient among samples with foam-filled cores. The energy-recycling semi-active vibration suppression method (ERSA) was employed to determine the relationship between vibration suppression and acoustic damping for a honeycomb sandwich panel. Results indicated the ERSA method simultaneously reduced the sound transmitted through the panel and the panel vibration. The largest reduction in sound transmitted through the panel was 14.3% when the vibrations of the panel were reduced by 7.3%. The influence of different design parameters, such as core density, core material, and cell size on wave speeds of honeycomb sandwich structures was experimentally analyzed. Bending and shear wave speeds were measured and related to the transmission loss performance for various material configurations. The shear modulus of the core showed maximum influence on the wave speeds of the samples, while cell size did not have a significant influence on wave speeds or on transmission loss. Skin material affected wave speeds only in the pure bending regime. Honeycomb sandwich structures with a subsonic core and thus reduced wave speed showed increased transmission loss compared to samples without a subsonic core.

  18. Bile canalicular dynamics in hepatocyte sandwich cultures.

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    Reif, Raymond; Karlsson, Johan; Gnther, Georgia; Beattie, Lynette; Wrangborg, David; Hammad, Seddik; Begher-Tibbe, Brigitte; Vartak, Amruta; Melega, Simone; Kaye, Paul M; Hengstler, Jan G; Jirstrand, Mats

    2015-10-01

    Many substances are hepatotoxic due to their ability to cause intrahepatic cholestasis. Therefore, there is a high demand for in vitro systems for the identification of cholestatic properties of new compounds. Primary hepatocytes cultivated in collagen sandwich cultures are known to establish bile canaliculi which enclose secreted biliary components. Cholestatic compounds are mainly known to inhibit bile excretion dynamics, but may also alter canalicular volume, or hepatocellular morphology. So far, techniques to assess time-resolved morphological changes of bile canaliculi in sandwich cultures are not available. In this study, we developed an automated system that quantifies dynamics of bile canaliculi recorded in conventional time-lapse image sequences. We validated the hepatocyte sandwich culture system as an appropriate model to study bile canaliculi in vitro by showing structural similarity measured as bile canaliculi length per hepatocyte to that observed in vivo. Moreover, bile canalicular excretion kinetics of CMFDA (5-chloromethylfluorescein diacetate) in sandwich cultures resembled closely the kinetics observed in vivo. The developed quantification technique enabled the quantification of dynamic changes in individual bile canaliculi. With this technique, we were able to clearly distinguish between sandwich cultures supplemented with dexamethasone and insulin from control cultures. In conclusion, the automated quantification system offers the possibility to systematically study the causal relationship between disturbed bile canalicular dynamics and cholestasis. PMID:26280096

  19. Sandwich Panels Evaluated With Ultrasonic Spectroscopy

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    Cosgriff, Laura M.

    2004-01-01

    Enhanced, lightweight material systems, such as 17-4PH stainless steel sandwich panels are being developed for use as fan blades and fan containment systems for next-generation engines. The bond strength between the core and face sheets is critical in maintaining the structural integrity of the sandwich structure. To improve the inspection and production of these systems, researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center are using nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques, such as ultrasonic spectroscopy, to evaluate the brazing quality between the face plates and the metallic foam core. The capabilities and limitations of a swept-frequency approach to ultrasonic spectroscopy were evaluated with respect to these sandwich structures. This report discusses results from three regions of a sandwich panel representing different levels of brazing quality between the outer face plates and a metallic foam core. Each region was investigated with ultrasonic spectroscopy. Then, on the basis of the NDE results, three shear specimens sectioned from the sandwich panel to contain each of these regions were mechanically tested.

  20. Fatigue studies of polyurethane sandwich structures

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    Sharma, S. C.; Krishna, M.; Narasimha Murthy, H. N.; Sathyamoorthy, M.; Bhattacharya, Debes

    2004-10-01

    The fatigue characteristics of polyurethane foam-cored (PUF) composite sandwich structures were investigated using three-point bending tests carried out according to ASTM C 393. Three types of specimens (epoxy/glass-PUF-epoxy/glass, polyester/glass-PUF-polyester/glass, and epoxy/glass-PUF-polyester/glass) were considered for investigation. Experimental results indicate that degradation of stiffness occurs due to debonding and sliding between the skin and the foam during fatigue cycles. Epoxy/glass-PUF-epoxy/glass sandwich structures exhibit higher bending strength along with higher stiffness degradation than the other two types of sandwich panels, due to higher initial fatigue loading. The lowest fatigue properties have been obtained for the polyester/glass-PUF-polyester/glass sandwich panel specimens. Better performance of the epoxy/glass-PUF-epoxy/glass sandwich panels is most likely due to the superior properties of the outer thin skins. Most of the specimens fail within the foam region and not at the skin level. This situation is possibly due to debonding between the foam and the skin. The fatigue damage development in the foam and skin has been investigated using scanning electron microscopy.

  1. Piezoelectrically-induced guided wave propagation for health monitoring of honeycomb sandwich structures

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    Song, Fei

    Honeycomb sandwich structures have been widely used in marine and aerospace applications due to their high strength/stiffness-to-weight ratio. However, an excessive load or repeated loading in the core tends to induce debonding along the skin-core interface, threatening the integrity and safety of the whole structure. This dissertation focuses on development of guided wave strategies for health monitoring of honeycomb sandwich structures, based on a piezoelectric actuator/sensor network. The honeycomb sandwich panels, which are composed of aluminum alloy (T6061) skins and hexagonal-celled Nomex core, are specifically considered in the study. First, elastic wave propagation mechanism in honeycomb sandwich structures is numerically and experimentally investigated, based on a piezoelectric actuator/sensor system. Influences of cell geometry parameters upon wave propagation are also discussed. Some wave propagation characteristics, such as wave group velocity dispersion relation and mode tuning capabilities, in the honeycomb composite panels are experimentally characterized. Secondly, effects of skin-core debonding upon the leaky guided wave propagation in honeycomb sandwich structures are studied by the finite element simulation. An appropriate signal difference coefficient is defined to represent the differential features caused by debonding. By means of probability analysis of differential features of transmitted guided waves and the image fusion, the final image of the structure is constructed with improved detection precision. A multilevel sensor network strategy is proposed to detect multiple debondings in the honeycomb sandwich structure. Thirdly, an analytical model considering coupled piezo-elastodynamics is developed to quantitatively describe dynamic load transfer between a surface-bonded piezoelectric wafer actuator and a prestressed plate. The finite element method is used to evaluate the accuracy of the analytical prediction. Effects of prestresses on the characteristics of guided wave generation and propagation, such as time-of-flight, amplitude and wave tuning properties of guided wave modes, are analyzed, based on the developed model. Finally, to overcome the limitations of conventional guided wave methods, a baseline-free detection technique by using nonlinear acoustics is developed for debonding identification in honeycomb sandwich structures. The finite element analysis is performed to understand effects of the interaction of two debonded interfaces upon dynamic behavior of the sandwich structure. Specific experimental study is also conducted on the honeycomb sandwich panel to validate the concept. This dissertation study aims to broaden the scope of existing guided wave methods for debonding detection in honeycomb sandwich structures, and provide some insights for health monitoring of in-service structures.

  2. Transient Thermal Testing and Analysis of a Thermally Insulating Structural Sandwich Panel

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    Blosser, Max L.; Daryabeigi, Kamran; Bird, Richard K.; Knutson, Jeffrey R.

    2015-01-01

    A core configuration was devised for a thermally insulating structural sandwich panel. Two titanium prototype panels were constructed to illustrate the proposed sandwich panel geometry. The core of one of the titanium panels was filled with Saffil(trademark) alumina fibrous insulation and the panel was tested in a series of transient thermal tests. Finite element analysis was used to predict the thermal response of the panel using one- and two-dimensional models. Excellent agreement was obtained between predicted and measured temperature histories.

  3. Sandwiched Rnyi divergence satisfies data processing inequality

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    Beigi, Salman

    2013-12-15

    Sandwiched (quantum) ?-Rnyi divergence has been recently defined in the independent works of Wilde et al. [Strong converse for the classical capacity of entanglement-breaking channels, preprint http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1306.1586 (2013)] and Mller-Lennert et al. [On quantum Rnyi entropies: a new definition, some properties and several conjectures, preprint http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1306.3142v1 (2013)]. This new quantum divergence has already found applications in quantum information theory. Here we further investigate properties of this new quantum divergence. In particular, we show that sandwiched ?-Rnyi divergence satisfies the data processing inequality for all values of ? > 1. Moreover we prove that ?-Holevo information, a variant of Holevo information defined in terms of sandwiched ?-Rnyi divergence, is super-additive. Our results are based on Hlder's inequality, the Riesz-Thorin theorem and ideas from the theory of complex interpolation. We also employ Sion's minimax theorem.

  4. Radiant heating tests of several liquid metal heat-pipe sandwich panels

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    Camarda, C.J.; Basiulis, A.

    1983-08-01

    Integral heat pipe sandwich panels, which synergistically combine the thermal efficiency of heat pipes and the structural efficiency of honeycomb sandwich construction, were conceived as a means of alleviating thermal stress problems in the Langley Scramjet Engine. Test panels which utilized two different wickable honeycomb cores, facesheets with screen mesh sintered to the internal surfaces, and a liquid metal working fluid (either sodium or potassium) were tested by radiant heating at various heat load levels. The heat pipe panels reduced maximum temperature differences by 31 percent with sodium working fluid and 45 percent with potassium working fluid. Results indicate that a heat pipe sandwich panel is a potential, simple solution to the engine thermal stress problem. Other interesting applications of the concept include: cold plates for electronic component and circuit card cooling, radiators for large space platforms, low distortion large area structures (e.g., space antennas) and laser mirrors.

  5. Radiant heating tests of several liquid-metal heat-pipe sandwich panels

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    Camarda, C. J.; Basiulis, A.

    1984-02-01

    Integral heat-pipe sandwich panels, which synergistically combine the thermal efficiency of heat pipes and the structural efficiency of honeycomb sandwich construction, were conceived as a means of alleviating thermal stress problems in the Langley Scramjet Engine. Test panels which utilized two different wickable honeycomb cores, facesheets with screen mesh sintered to the internal surfaces, and a liquid metal working fluid (either sodium or potassium) were tested by radiant heating at various heat-load levels. The heat-pipe panels reduced maximum temperature differences by 31 percent with sodium working fluid and 45 percent with potassium working fluid. Results indicate that a heat-pipe sandwich panel is a potential, simple solution to the engine thermal stress problem. Other interesting applications of the concept include: cold plates for electronic component and circuit card cooling, radiators for large space platforms, low-distortion large area structures (e.g., space antennas) and laser mirrors.

  6. Radiant heating tests of several liquid metal heat-pipe sandwich panels

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    Camarda, C. J.; Basiulis, A.

    1983-01-01

    Integral heat-pipe sandwich panels, which synergistically combine the thermal efficiency of heat pipes and the structural efficiency of honeycomb sandwich construction, were conceived as a means of alleviating thermal stress problems in the Langley Scramjet Engine. Test panels which utilized two different wickable honeycomb cores, facesheets with screen mesh sintered to the internal surfaces, and a liquid metal working fluid (either sodium or potassium) were tested by radiant heating at various heat-load levels. The heat-pipe panels reduced maximum temperature differences by 31 percent with sodium working fluid and 45 percent with potassium working fluid. Results indicate that a heat-pipe sandwich panel is a potential, simple solution to the engine thermal stress problem. Other interesting applications of the concept include: cold plates for electronic component and circuit card cooling, radiators for large space platforms, low-distortion large area structures (e.g., space antennas) and laser mirrors.

  7. Mechanical and thermal buckling analysis of rectangular sandwich panels under different edge conditions

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    Ko, William L.

    1994-01-01

    The combined load (mechanical or thermal load) buckling equations were established for orthotropic rectangular sandwich panels under four different edge conditions by using the Rayleigh-Ritz method of minimizing the total potential energy of a structural system. Two-dimensional buckling interaction curves and three-dimensional buckling interaction surfaces were constructed for high-temperature honeycomb-core sandwich panels supported under four different edge conditions. The interaction surfaces provide overall comparison of the panel buckling strengths and the domains of symmetrical and antisymmetrical buckling associated with the different edge conditions. In addition, thermal buckling curves of these sandwich panels are presented. The thermal buckling conditions for the cases with and without thermal moments were found to be identical for the small deformation theory.

  8. Radiant heating tests of several liquid metal heat-pipe sandwich panels

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    Camarda, C. J.; Basiulis, A.

    1983-01-01

    Integral heat pipe sandwich panels, which synergistically combine the thermal efficiency of heat pipes and the structural efficiency of honeycomb sandwich construction, were conceived as a means of alleviating thermal stress problems in the Langley Scramjet Engine. Test panels which utilized two different wickable honeycomb cores, facesheets with screen mesh sintered to the internal surfaces, and a liquid metal working fluid (either sodium or potassium) were tested by radiant heating at various heat load levels. The heat pipe panels reduced maximum temperature differences by 31 percent with sodium working fluid and 45 percent with potassium working fluid. Results indicate that a heat pipe sandwich panel is a potential, simple solution to the engine thermal stress problem. Other interesting applications of the concept include: cold plates for electronic component and circuit card cooling, radiators for large space platforms, low distortion large area structures (e.g., space antennas) and laser mirrors.

  9. Analysis of Stainless Steel Sandwich Panels with a Metal Foam Core for Lightweight Fan Blade Design

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    Min, James B.; Ghosn, Louis J.; Lerch, Bradley A.; Raj, Sai V.; Holland, Frederic A., Jr.; Hebsur, Mohan G.

    2004-01-01

    The quest for cheap, low density and high performance materials in the design of aircraft and rotorcraft engine fan and propeller blades poses immense challenges to the materials and structural design engineers. The present study investigates the use of a sandwich foam fan blade mae up of solid face sheets and a metal foam core. The face sheets and the metal foam core material were an aerospace grade precipitation hardened 17-4 PH stainless steel with high strength and high toughness. The resulting structures possesses a high stiffness while being lighter than a similar solid construction. The material properties of 17-4 PH metal foam are reviewed briefly to describe the characteristics of sandwich structure for a fan blade application. A vibration analysis for natural frequencies and a detailed stress analysis on the 17-4 PH sandwich foam blade design for different combinations of kin thickness and core volume are presented with a comparison to a solid titanium blade.

  10. Long-term hygrothermal effects on damage tolerance of hybrid composite sandwich panels

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    Ishai, Ori; Hiel, Clement; Luft, Michael

    1995-01-01

    A sandwich construction, composed of hybrid carbon-glass fiber-reinforced plastic skins and a syntactic foam core, was selected as the design concept for a wind tunnel compressor blade application, where high damage tolerance and durability are of major importance. Beam specimens were prepared from open-edge and encapsulated sandwich panels which had previously been immersed in water at different temperatures for periods of up to about two years in the extreme case. Moisture absorption and strength characteristics, as related to time of exposure to hygrothermal conditions, were evaluated for the sandwich specimens and their constituents (skins and foam). After different exposure periods, low-velocity impact damage was inflicted on most sandwich specimens and damage characteristics were related to impact energy. Eventually, the residual compressive strengths of the damaged (and undamaged) beams were determined flexurally. Test results show that exposure to hygrothermal conditions leads to significant strength reductions for foam specimens and open-edge sandwich panels, compared with reference specimens stored at room temperature. In the case of skin specimens and for beams prepared from encapsulated sanwich panels that had previously been exposed to hygrothermal conditions, moisture absorption was found to improve strength as related to the reference case. The beneficial effect of moisture on skin performance was, however, limited to moisture contents below 1% (at 50 C and lower temperatures). Above this moisture level and at higher temperatures, strength degradation of the skin seems to prevail.

  11. Analysis of Stainless Steel Sandwich Panels with a Metal Foam Care for Lightweight Fan Blade Design

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    Min, James B.; Ghosn, Louis J.; Lerch, Bradley A.; Raj, Sai V.; Holland, Frederic A., Jr.; Hebsur, Mohan G.

    2004-01-01

    The quest for cheap, low density and high performance materials in the design of aircraft and rotorcraft engine fan and propeller blades poses immense challenges to the materials and structural design engineers. Traditionally, these components have been fabricated using expensive materials such as light weight titanium alloys, polymeric composite materials and carbon-carbon composites. The present study investigates the use of P sandwich foam fan blade made up of solid face sheets and a metal foam core. The face sheets and the metal foam core material were an aerospace grade precipitation hardened 17-4 PH stainless steel with high strength and high toughness. The stiffness of the sandwich structure is increased by separating the two face sheets by a foam core. The resulting structure possesses a high stiffness while being lighter than a similar solid construction. Since the face sheets carry the applied bending loads, the sandwich architecture is a viable engineering concept. The material properties of 17-4 PH metal foam are reviewed briefly to describe the characteristics of the sandwich structure for a fan blade application. A vibration analysis for natural frequencies and P detailed stress analysis on the 17-4 PH sandwich foam blade design for different combinations of skin thickness and core volume %re presented with a comparison to a solid titanium blade.

  12. Symplectic analysis of dynamic properties of hexagonal honeycomb sandwich tubes with plateau borders

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    Zhang, Kai; Deng, Zichen; Meng, Junmiao; Xu, Xiaojian; Wang, Yan

    2015-09-01

    A new type of hexagonal honeycomb sandwich tube with plateau borders are introduced in this work and the Symplectic analysis with its high computational efficiency and high accuracy is applied to obtain the structural dynamic properties. The effects of material distribution (?) and relative density (?bar) on the dynamic properties of the structure are also studied. Based on the definition of the elastic constants and the homogenization method, the independent elastic constants are obtained. By introducing dual variables and applying the variational principle, the canonical equations of Hamiltonian system are constructed. The precise integration method and extended Wittrick-Williams algorithm are adopted to solve the canonical equations. The dispersion relations of sandwich tubes are obtained, and the effects of material distribution and relative density on the normalized frequencies of the sandwich tubes are investigated. The proposed homogenization method is verified by comparing with other researchers' works. Dispersion relations of the sandwich tubes are obtained. The material distribution parameter and the relative density have significant effects on the dynamic properties of the structures. This work expects to offer new opportunities for the optimal design of metallic honeycomb sandwich tubes and future applications in the engineering sector.

  13. Donor-acceptor heteroleptic open sandwiches.

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    Merino, Gabriel; Beltrn, Hiram I; Vela, Alberto

    2006-02-01

    A series of donor-acceptor heteroleptic open sandwiches with formula CpM-M'Pyl (M = B, Al, Ga; M' = Li, Na; Cp = cyclopentadienyl; Pyl = pentadienyl) has been designed in silico using density functional theory. The most stable complexes are those containing boron as a donor atom. A molecular orbital analysis shows that the s character of the lone pair located at the group 13 element is mainly responsible for the complex stabilization. It is also found that the surrounding medium has a similar effect on these sandwiches such as in the "classical" donor-acceptor complexes, showing a decrement in the group 13 element-alkaline metal bond lengths. PMID:16441117

  14. Lightweight Aluminum Mirrors Using Foam Core Sandwich Construction

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    Content, D.; Lyons, J., III; Budinoff, J.

    1999-01-01

    The possible use of all aluminum mirrors made from thin faceplates supported by aluminum foam is explored from an optomechanical design and fabrication perspective. Foam mirrors can be relatively cheaply and easily made using conventional foam fabrication and diamond turning; such a mirror recently flew for the first time on the Stardust mission. The proposed structural concept is highly weight efficient and should not be prone to quilting. The weight and structural stability of such mirrors is presented, along with plans underway at GSFC for developing this concept.

  15. High Strain Rate Response of Sandwich Composites with Nanophased Cores

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    Mahfuz, Hassan; Uddin, Mohammed F.; Rangari, Vijaya K.; Saha, Mrinal C.; Zainuddin, Shaik; Jeelani, Shaik

    2005-05-01

    Polyurethane foam materials have been used as core materials in a sandwich construction with S2-Glass/SC-15 facings. The foam material has been manufactured from liquid polymer precursors of polyurethane. The precursors are made of two components; part-A (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) and part-B (polyol). In one set of experiments, part-A was mixed with part-B to manufacture the foam. In another set, TiO2 nanoparticles have been dispersed in part-A through ultrasonic cavitation technique. The loading of nanoparticles was 3% by weight of the total polymer precursor. The TiO2 nanoparticles were spherical in shape, and were about 29 nm in diameter. Sonic cavitation was carried out with a vibrasound liquid processor at 20 kHz frequency with a power intensity of about 100 kW/m2. The two categories of foams manufactured in this manner were termed as neat and nanophased. Sandwich composites were then fabricated using these two categories of core materials using a co-injection resin transfer molding (CIRTM) technique. Test samples extracted from the panel were subjected to quasi-static as well as high strain rate loadings. Rate of loading varied from 0.002 s-1 to around 1300 s-1. It has been observed that infusion of nanoparticles had a direct correlation with the cell geometry. The cell dimensions increased by about 46% with particle infusion suggesting that nanoparticles might have worked as catalysts during the foaming process. Correspondingly, enhancement in thermal properties was also noticed especially in the TGA experiments. There was also a significant improvement in mechanical properties due to nanoparticle infusion. Average increase in sandwich strength and energy absorption with nanophased cores was between 40 60% over their neat counterparts. Details of manufacturing and analyses of thermal and mechanical tests are presented in this paper.

  16. Feedback Sandwiches Affect Perceptions but Not Performance

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    Parkes, Jay; Abercrombie, Sara; McCarty, Teresita

    2013-01-01

    The feedback sandwich technique-make positive comments; provide critique; end with positive comments-is commonly recommended to feedback givers despite scant evidence of its efficacy. These two studies (N = 20; N = 350) of written peer feedback with third-year medical students on clinical patient note-writing assignments indicate that students

  17. Noise transmission by viscoelastic sandwich panels

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    Vaicaitis, R.

    1977-01-01

    An analytical study on low frequency noise transmission into rectangular enclosures by viscoelastic sandwich panels is presented. Soft compressible cores with dilatational modes and hard incompressible cores with dilatational modes neglected are considered as limiting cases of core stiffness. It is reported that these panels can effect significant noise reduction.

  18. Feedback Sandwiches Affect Perceptions but Not Performance

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    Parkes, Jay; Abercrombie, Sara; McCarty, Teresita

    2013-01-01

    The feedback sandwich technique-make positive comments; provide critique; end with positive comments-is commonly recommended to feedback givers despite scant evidence of its efficacy. These two studies (N = 20; N = 350) of written peer feedback with third-year medical students on clinical patient note-writing assignments indicate that students…

  19. Insert Design and Manufacturing for Foam-Core Composite Sandwich Structures

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    Lares, Alan

    Sandwich structures have been used in the aerospace industry for many years. The high strength to weight ratios that are possible with sandwich constructions makes them desirable for airframe applications. While sandwich structures are effective at handling distributed loads such as aerodynamic forces, they are prone to damage from concentrated loads at joints or due to impact. This is due to the relatively thin face-sheets and soft core materials typically found in sandwich structures. Carleton University's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Project Team has designed and manufactured a UAV (GeoSury II Prototype) which features an all composite sandwich structure fuselage structure. The purpose of the aircraft is to conduct geomagnetic surveys. The GeoSury II Prototype serves as the test bed for many areas of research in advancing UAV technologies. Those areas of research include: low cost composite materials manufacturing, geomagnetic data acquisition, obstacle detection, autonomous operations and magnetic signature control. In this thesis work a methodology for designing and manufacturing inserts for foam-core sandwich structures was developed. The results of this research work enables a designer wishing to design a foam-core sandwich airframe structure, a means of quickly manufacturing optimized inserts for the safe introduction of discrete loads into the airframe. The previous GeoSury II Prototype insert designs (v.1 & v.2) were performance tested to establish a benchmark with which to compare future insert designs. Several designs and materials were considered for the new v.3 inserts. A plug and sleeve design was selected, due to its ability to effectively transfer the required loads to the sandwich structure. The insert material was chosen to be epoxy, reinforced with chopped carbon fibre. This material was chosen for its combination of strength, low mass and also compatibility with the face-sheet material. The v.3 insert assembly is 60% lighter than the previous insert designs. A casting process for manufacturing the v.3 inserts was developed. The developed casting process, when producing more than 13 inserts, becomes more economical than machining. An exploratory study was conducted looking at the effects of dynamic loading on the v.3 insert performance. The results of this study highlighted areas for improving dynamic testing of foam-core sandwich structure inserts. Correlations were developed relating design variables such as face-sheet thickness and insert diameter to a failure load for different load cases. This was done through simulations using Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software, and experimental testing. The resulting correlations were integrated into a computer program which outputs the required insert dimensions given a set of design parameters, and load values.

  20. Impact-damaged graphite-thermoplastic trapezoidal-corrugation sandwich and semi-sandwich panels

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    Jegley, D.

    1993-01-01

    The results of a study of the effects of impact damage on compression-loaded trapezoidal-corrugation sandwich and semi-sandwich graphite-thermoplastic panels are presented. Sandwich panels with two identical face sheets and a trapezoidal corrugated core between them, and semi-sandwich panels with a corrugation attached to a single skin are considered in this study. Panels were designed, fabricated and tested. The panels were made using the manufacturing process of thermoforming, a less-commonly used technique for fabricating composite parts. Experimental results for unimpacted control panels and panels subjected to impact damage prior to loading are presented. Little work can be found in the literature about these configurations of thermoformed panels.

  1. Predictions of the sound transmission loss of composite sandwich panels

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    Wang, Tongan

    The sound transmission loss (STL) characteristics of composite sandwich panels are studied. The dynamical motion of the sandwich panel is formulated by the consistent higher-order sandwich plate theory (HSAPT), which considers both the antisymmetric (bending) and symmetric (dilatational) motions of the sandwich panel. The STL of infinitely large sandwich panels is first calculated using the classical theoretical formulation based on the impedance of the air and the impedances of the sandwich panel. To account for finite-dimension effect, a finite element method (FEM) and boundary element method (BEM) combined program is developed to calculate the STL of sandwich panels with finite dimensions. Considering the limitations of FEM and BEM at high frequencies, a statistical energy analysis (SEA) is utilized to numerically study the STL of sandwich panels, especially at high frequencies. All predictions are compared with the experimental data with acceptable agreements. Advantages of different approaches are discussed and conclusions are made. The STL prediction tools are then used in a parametric study to determine effects of various design variables on the sound transmission loss of sandwich panels. Finally, an optimization technique to design a weight-optimized sandwich panel is developed using a genetic algorithm (GA), taking into consideration of both the acoustical and mechanical properties of the sandwich panel. The present approach illustrates how the methodologies can serve as practical design tool to optimize sandwich panel designs in terms of both sound insulation and mechanical properties.

  2. Design of an electro-Fenton system with a novel sandwich film cathode for wastewater treatment.

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    Fan Y; Ai Z; Zhang L

    2010-04-15

    In this study, we demonstrate an electro-Fenton (E-Fenton) system constructed with a novel sandwich film cathode (SFC). For the fabrication of SFC, Fe(2+)-chitosan (Fe-CHI) was first deposited on foam nickel (Fe-CHI/Ni). Then two pieces of Fe-CHI/Ni was used to fasten one piece of activated carbon fiber (ACF) to obtain a Fe-CHI/Ni|ACF|Fe-CHI/Ni sandwich film cathode. We interestingly found that this SFC based E-Fenton system could effectively degrade rodamine B with in situ generating both hydrogen peroxide and iron ions. Its degradation efficiency was significantly higher than those of the E-Fenton systems constructed with composite cathodes of carbon nanotubes with Fe@Fe(2)O(3) core-shell nanowires or Cu(2)O nanocubes reported in our previous studies. Hydrogen peroxide electrogenerated through the reduction of O(2) adsorbed on the sandwich film cathode and the iron ions produced by the leakage from Fe(2+)-chitosan film during the E-Fenton reaction were, respectively, monitored, providing clues to understand the high efficiency of this novel SFC based E-Fenton system. More importantly, this low-cost sandwich film cathode was very stable and could be reused without catalytic activity decrease, suggesting its potential application in the wastewater treatment.

  3. Design of an electro-Fenton system with a novel sandwich film cathode for wastewater treatment.

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    Fan, Yan; Ai, Zhihui; Zhang, Lizhi

    2010-04-15

    In this study, we demonstrate an electro-Fenton (E-Fenton) system constructed with a novel sandwich film cathode (SFC). For the fabrication of SFC, Fe(2+)-chitosan (Fe-CHI) was first deposited on foam nickel (Fe-CHI/Ni). Then two pieces of Fe-CHI/Ni was used to fasten one piece of activated carbon fiber (ACF) to obtain a Fe-CHI/Ni|ACF|Fe-CHI/Ni sandwich film cathode. We interestingly found that this SFC based E-Fenton system could effectively degrade rodamine B with in situ generating both hydrogen peroxide and iron ions. Its degradation efficiency was significantly higher than those of the E-Fenton systems constructed with composite cathodes of carbon nanotubes with Fe@Fe(2)O(3) core-shell nanowires or Cu(2)O nanocubes reported in our previous studies. Hydrogen peroxide electrogenerated through the reduction of O(2) adsorbed on the sandwich film cathode and the iron ions produced by the leakage from Fe(2+)-chitosan film during the E-Fenton reaction were, respectively, monitored, providing clues to understand the high efficiency of this novel SFC based E-Fenton system. More importantly, this low-cost sandwich film cathode was very stable and could be reused without catalytic activity decrease, suggesting its potential application in the wastewater treatment. PMID:20005037

  4. Sound Transmission through a Cylindrical Sandwich Shell with Honeycomb Core

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    Tang, Yvette Y.; Robinson, Jay H.; Silcox, Richard J.

    1996-01-01

    Sound transmission through an infinite cylindrical sandwich shell is studied in the context of the transmission of airborne sound into aircraft interiors. The cylindrical shell is immersed in fluid media and excited by an oblique incident plane sound wave. The internal and external fluids are different and there is uniform airflow in the external fluid medium. An explicit expression of transmission loss is derived in terms of modal impedance of the fluids and the shell. The results show the effects of (a) the incident angles of the plane wave; (b) the flight conditions of Mach number and altitude of the aircraft; (c) the ratios between the core thickness and the total thickness of the shell; and (d) the structural loss factors on the transmission loss. Comparisons of the transmission loss are made among different shell constructions and different shell theories.

  5. Comparison of structural behavior of superplastically formed/diffusion-bonded sandwich structures and honeycomb core sandwich structures

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    Ko, W. L.

    1980-01-01

    A superplasticity formed/diffusion-bonded (SPF/DB) orthogonally corrugated core sandwich structure is discussed and its structural behavior is compared to that of a conventional honeycomb core sandwich structure. The stiffness and buckling characteristics of the two types of sandwich structures are compared under conditions of equal structural density. It is shown that under certain conditions, the SPF/DB orthogonally corrugated core sandwich structure is slightly more efficient than the optimum honeycomb core (square-cell core) sandwich structure. However, under different conditions, this effect can be reversed.

  6. Thermographic Inspection of Metallic Honeycomb Sandwich Structures

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    Taylor, John O.; Dupont, H. M.

    1998-01-01

    The X-33/VentureStar has a Thermal Protection System (TPS) consisting mainly of brazed metallic honeycomb sandwich structures. Inspection of these structures is changing as a result of the extremely thin (less than 200 microns) skins, the small critical defect size (less than 2 mm long by 100 microns wide) and the large number (more than 1000) of parts to be inspected. Pulsed Infrared Thermography has been determined to be the most appropriate inspection method for manufacturing inspection based on performance comparison with other methods, cost, schedule and other factors. The results of the assessment of the different methods will be summarized and data on the performance of the final production inspection system will be given. Finite difference thermal methods have been used to model the whole inspection process. Details of correlation between the models and experimental data will be given and data on the use of pulsed infrared thermography on other metallic honeycomb sandwich structures will be given.

  7. Ultrasonic Spectroscopy of Stainless Steel Sandwich Panels

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    Cosgriff, Laura M.; Lerch, Bradley A.; Hebsur, Mohan G.; Baaklini, George Y.; Ghosn, Louis J.

    2003-01-01

    Enhanced, lightweight material systems, such as 17-4PH stainless steel sandwich panels are being developed for use as fan blades and fan containment material systems for next generation engines. In order to improve the production for these systems, nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques, such as ultrasonic spectroscopy, are being utilized to evaluate the brazing quality between the 17-4PH stainless steel face plates and the 17-4PH stainless steel foam core. Based on NDE data, shear tests are performed on sections representing various levels of brazing quality from an initial batch of these sandwich structures. Metallographic characterization of brazing is done to corroborate NDE findings and the observed shear failure mechanisms.

  8. Fiber Composite Sandwich Thermostructural Behavior: Computational Simulation

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    Chamis, C. C.; Aiello, R. A.; Murthy, P. L. N.

    1986-01-01

    Several computational levels of progressive sophistication/simplification are described to computationally simulate composite sandwich hygral, thermal, and structural behavior. The computational levels of sophistication include: (1) three-dimensional detailed finite element modeling of the honeycomb, the adhesive and the composite faces; (2) three-dimensional finite element modeling of the honeycomb assumed to be an equivalent continuous, homogeneous medium, the adhesive and the composite faces; (3) laminate theory simulation where the honeycomb (metal or composite) is assumed to consist of plies with equivalent properties; and (4) derivations of approximate, simplified equations for thermal and mechanical properties by simulating the honeycomb as an equivalent homogeneous medium. The approximate equations are combined with composite hygrothermomechanical and laminate theories to provide a simple and effective computational procedure for simulating the thermomechanical/thermostructural behavior of fiber composite sandwich structures.

  9. "Sandwich" Stiffener for Composite Structural Panels

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    Mcwithey, R. R.; Royster, D. M.; Bales, T. T.

    1982-01-01

    Concept uses commercial titanium honeycomb core brazed to cap material and panel skin. In fabrication of stringers, large sheets of cap material are brazed to pieces of honeycomb core of desired height. After brazing, individual stringers are cut by electrical-discharge machining, and stringers are subsequently brazed to skin. Sandwich beam stringer is light-weight, structurally-efficient, low-cost stiffener for metal-matrix composite structural panels.

  10. BMI Sandwich Wing Box Analysis and Test

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    Palm, Tod; Mahler, Mary; Shah, Chandu; Rouse, Marshall; Bush, Harold; Wu, Chauncey; Small, William J.

    2000-01-01

    A composite sandwich single bay wing box test article was developed by Northrop Grumman and tested recently at NASA Langley Research Center. The objectives for the wing box development effort were to provide a demonstration article for manufacturing scale up of structural concepts related to a high speed transport wing, and to validate the structural performance of the design. The box concept consisted of highly loaded composite sandwich wing skins, with moderately loaded composite sandwich spars. The dimensions of the box were chosen to represent a single bay of the main wing box, with a spar spacing of 30 inches, height of 20 inches constant depth, and length of 64 inches. The bismaleimide facesheet laminates and titanium honeycomb core chosen for this task are high temperature materials able to sustain a 300F service temperature. The completed test article is shown in Figure 1. The tests at NASA Langley demonstrated the structures ability to sustain axial tension and compression loads in excess of 20,000 lb/in, and to maintain integrity in the thermal environment. Test procedures, analysis failure predictions, and test results are presented.

  11. Mechanical and thermal buckling analysis of sandwich panels under different edge conditions

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    Ko, William L.

    1993-01-01

    By using the Rayleigh-Ritz method of minimizing the total potential energy of a structural system, combined load (mechanical or thermal load) buckling equations are established for orthotropic rectangular sandwich panels supported under four different edge conditions. Two-dimensional buckling interaction curves and three dimensional buckling interaction surfaces are constructed for high-temperature honeycomb-core sandwich panels supported under four different edge conditions. The interaction surfaces provide easy comparison of the panel buckling strengths and the domains of symmetrical and antisymmetrical buckling associated with the different edge conditions. Thermal buckling curves of the sandwich panels also are presented. The thermal buckling conditions for the cases with and without thermal moments were found to be identical for the small deformation theory. In sandwich panels, the effect of transverse shear is quite large, and by neglecting the transverse shear effect, the buckling loads could be overpredicted considerably. Clamping of the edges could greatly increase buckling strength more in compression than in shear.

  12. Buckling and structural efficiency of sandwich-blade stiffened composite compression panels

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    Stein, M.; Williams, J. G.

    1978-01-01

    The minimum mass structural efficiency curve was determined for sandwich blade stiffened composite compression panels subjected to buckling and strength constraints. High structural efficiencies are attainable for this type of construction. A method of analysis is presented for the buckling of panels of this configuration which shows that buckling of such panels is strongly dependent on the through-the-thickness transverse shearing of the stiffener. Experimental results are presented and compared with theory.

  13. Optimization of composite sandwich cover panels subjected to compressive loadings

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    Cruz, Juan R.

    1991-01-01

    An analysis and design method is presented for the design of composite sandwich cover panels that includes transverse shear effects and damage tolerance considerations. This method is incorporated into an optimization program called SANDOP (SANDwich OPtimization). SANDOP is used in the present study to design optimized composite sandwich cover panels for transport aircraft wing applications as a demonstration of its capabilities. The results of this design study indicate that optimized composite sandwich cover panels have approximately the same structural efficiency as stiffened composite cover panels designed to identical constraints. Results indicate that inplane stiffness requirements have a large effect on the weight of these composite sandwich cover panels at higher load levels. Increasing the maximum allowable strain and the upper percentage limit of the 0 degree and plus or minus 45 degree plies can yield significant weight savings. The results show that the structural efficiency of these optimized composite sandwich cover panels is relatively insensitive to changes in core density.

  14. Mode I Toughness Measurements of Core/Facesheet Bonds in Honeycomb Sandwich Structures

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    Nettles, Alan T.; Ratcliffe, James G.

    2006-01-01

    Composite sandwich structures will be used in many future applications in aerospace, marine and offshore industries due to the fact that the strength and stiffness to mass ratios surpass any other structural type. Sandwich structure also offers advantages over traditional stiffened panels such as ease of manufacturing and repair. During the last three decades, sandwich structure has been used extensively for secondary structure in aircraft (fuselage floors, rudders and radome structure). Sandwich structure is also used as primary structure in rotorcraft, the most common example being the trailing edge of rotor blades. As with other types of composite construction, sandwich structure exhibits several types of failure mode such as facesheet wrinkling, core crushing and sandwich buckling. Facesheet/core debonding has also been observed in the marine and aerospace industry. During this failure mode, peel stresses applied to an existing facesheet/core debond or an interface low in toughness, results in the facesheet being peeled from the core material, possibly leading to a significant loss in structural integrity of the sandwich panel. In an incident during a test on a liquid hydrogen fuel tank of the X-33 prototype vehicle, the outer graphite/epoxy facesheet and honeycomb core became debonded from the inner facesheet along significant areas, leading to failure of the tank. As a consequence of the accident; significant efforts were made to characterize the toughness of the facesheet/core bond. Currently, the only standardized method available for assessing the quality of the facesheet/core interface is the climbing drum peel test (ASTM D1781). During this test a sandwich beam is removed from a panel and the lip of one of the facesheets is attached to a drum, as shown in Fig. 1. The drum is then rotated along the sandwich beam, causing the facesheet to peel from the core. This method has two major drawbacks. First, it is not possible to obtain quantitative fracture data from the test and so the results can only be used in a qualitative manner. Second, only sandwich structure with thin facesheets can be tested (to facilitate wrapping of the facesheet around the climbing drum). In recognition of the need for a more quantitative facesheet/core fracture test, several workers have devised experimental techniques for characterizing the toughness of the facesheet/core interface. In all of these cases, the tests are designed to yield a mode I-dominated fracture toughness of the facesheet/core interface in a manner similar to that used to determine mode I fracture toughness of composite laminates. In the current work, a modified double cantilever beam is used to measure the mode I-dominated fracture toughness of the interface in a sandwich consisting of glass/phenolic honeycomb core reinforced with graphite epoxy facesheets. Two specimen configurations were tested as shown in Fig 2. The first configuration consisted of reinforcing the facesheets with aluminum blocks (Fig. 2a). In the second configuration unreinforced specimens were tested (Fig. 2b). Climbing drum peel tests were also conducted to compare the fracture behavior observed between this test and the modified double cantilever beam. This paper outlines the test procedures and data reduction strategies used to compute fracture toughness values from the tests. The effect of specimen reinforcement on fracture toughness of the facesheet/core interface is discussed.

  15. Impact and Blast Resistance of Sandwich Plates

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    Dvorak, George J.; Bahei-El-Din, Yehia A.; Suvorov, Alexander P.

    Response of conventional and modified sandwich plate designs is examined under static load, impact by a rigid cylindrical or flat indenter, and during and after an exponential pressure impulse lasting for 0.05 ms, at peak pressure of 100 MPa, simulating a nearby explosion. The conventional sandwich design consists of thin outer (loaded side) and inner facesheets made of carbon/epoxy fibrous laminates, separated by a thick layer of structural foam core. In the three modified designs, one or two thin ductile interlayers are inserted between the outer facesheet and the foam core. Materials selected for the interlayers are a hyperelas-tic rate-independent polyurethane;a compression strain and strain rate dependent, elastic-plastic polyurea;and an elastomeric foam. ABAQUS and LS-Dyna software were used in various response simulations. Performance comparisons between the enhanced and conventional designs show that the modified designs provide much better protection against different damage modes under both load regimes. After impact, local facesheet deflection, core compression, and energy release rate of delamination cracks, which may extend on hidden interfaces between facesheet and core, are all reduced. Under blast or impulse loads, reductions have been observed in the extent of core crushing, facesheet delaminations and vibration amplitudes, and in overall deflections. Similar reductions were found in the kinetic energy and in the stored and dissipated strain energy. Although strain rates as high as 10-4/s1 are produced by the blast pressure, peak strains in the interlayers were too low to raise the flow stress in the polyurea to that in the polyurethane, where a possible rate-dependent response was neglected. Therefore, stiff polyurethane or hard rubber interlayers materials should be used for protection of sandwich plate foam cores against both impact and blast-induced damage.

  16. Buckling Analysis of Debonded Sandwich Panel Under Compression

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    Sleight, David W.; Wang, John T.

    1995-01-01

    A sandwich panel with initial through-the-width debonds is analyzed to study the buckling of its faceskin when subject to an in-plane compressive load. The debonded faceskin is modeled as a beam on a Winkler elastic foundation in which the springs of the elastic foundation represent the sandwich foam. The Rayleigh-Ritz and finite-difference methods are used to predict the critical buckling load for various debond lengths and stiffnesses of the sandwich foam. The accuracy of the methods is assessed with a plane-strain finite-element analysis. Results indicate that the elastic foundation approach underpredicts buckling loads for sandwich panels with isotropic foam cores.

  17. Development of the LANL sandwich test.

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    Hill, L. G.

    2001-01-01

    The Sandwich test is slab-variant of the ubiquitous copper cylinder test, and is used to obtain high explosive product equation-of-state information in the same manner as its predecessor. The motivation for slab geometry is (1) better high-pressure resolution, and (2) the ability to accommodate initial temperature extremes for solid explosive samples. The present design allows initial temperatures from -55 C to 75 C. The pros and cons of the two geometries we discussed, followed by a description of the mechanical design and instrumentation. gample data for several ambient PBX 9501 tests demonstrates excellent data quality and repeatability.

  18. A double-sandwich ELISA for identification of monoclonal antibodies suitable for sandwich immunoassays

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    The sandwich immunoassay (sIA) is an invaluable technique for concentrating, detecting, and quantifying target antigens. The two critical components required are a capture antibody and a detection antibody, each binding a different epitope on the target antigen. The specific antibodies incorporated...

  19. A sandwich-structured porous MnO2/polyaniline/MnO2 thin film for supercapacitor applications

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    Sun, Daming; Wang, Zhi; Huang, Kai; Wang, Xiaodan; Wang, Hai; Qing, Chen; Wang, Bixiao; Tang, Yiwen

    2015-10-01

    A sandwich-structured porous supercapacitor electrode layered by MnO2/Polyaniline/MnO2 (MPM) was constructed by electrochemical deposition and in situ polymerization method. As a supercapacitor electrode, it had uniform mesoporous structure and a fast electron transport high-way due to the electrochemical deposition method and the middle thin layer of conductive polyaniline which could dramatically enhance the conductivity of MnO2. In three-electrode system, this sandwich-structured MPM electrode has superior capacitive performance to electrode which consists of only two layers of MnO2 (MM).

  20. Modeling of Sandwich Sheets with Metallic Foam

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    Mata, H.; Jorge, R. Natal; Santos, A.; Fernandes, A. A.; Valente, R. A. F.; Parente, M. P. L.

    2011-08-01

    World-wide vehicles safety experts agree that significant further reductions in fatalities and injuries can be achieved as a result of the use of new lightweight and energy absorbing materials. On this work, the authors present the development and evaluation of an innovative system able to perform reliable panels of sandwich sheets with metallic foam cores for industrial applications. The mathematical model used to describe the behavior of sandwich shells with metal cores foam is presented and some numerical examples are presented. In order to validate those results mechanical experiments are carried out. Using the crushable foam constitutive model, available on ABAQUS, a set of different mechanical tests were simulated. There are two variants of this model available on ABAQUS: the volumetric hardening model and the isotropic hardening model. As a first approximation we chose the isotropic hardening variant. The isotropic hardening model available uses a yield surface that is an ellipse centered at the origin in the p-q stress plane. Based on this constitutive model for the foam, numerical simulations of the tensile and bulge test will be conducted. The numerical results will be validated using the data obtained from the experimental results.

  1. Modeling of Sandwich Sheets with Metallic Foam

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    Mata, H.; Jorge, R. Natal; Fernandes, A. A.; Parente, M. P. L.; Santos, A.; Valente, R. A. F.

    2011-08-22

    World-wide vehicles safety experts agree that significant further reductions in fatalities and injuries can be achieved as a result of the use of new lightweight and energy absorbing materials. On this work, the authors present the development and evaluation of an innovative system able to perform reliable panels of sandwich sheets with metallic foam cores for industrial applications. The mathematical model used to describe the behavior of sandwich shells with metal cores foam is presented and some numerical examples are presented. In order to validate those results mechanical experiments are carried out. Using the crushable foam constitutive model, available on ABAQUS, a set of different mechanical tests were simulated. There are two variants of this model available on ABAQUS: the volumetric hardening model and the isotropic hardening model. As a first approximation we chose the isotropic hardening variant. The isotropic hardening model available uses a yield surface that is an ellipse centered at the origin in the p-q stress plane. Based on this constitutive model for the foam, numerical simulations of the tensile and bulge test will be conducted. The numerical results will be validated using the data obtained from the experimental results.

  2. Aptamer-based Sandwich Assay and its Clinical Outlooks for Detecting Lipocalin-2 in Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)

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    Lee, Kyeong-Ah; Ahn, Ji-Young; Lee, Sang-Hee; Singh Sekhon, Simranjeet; Kim, Dae-Ghon; Min, Jiho; Kim, Yang-Hoon

    2015-01-01

    We validated a single-stranded, DNA aptamer-based, diagnostic method capable of detecting Lipocalin-2 (LCN2), a biomarker from clinically relevant hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patient serum, in the sandwich assay format. Nine aptamers (LCN2_apta1 to LCN2_apta9) for LCN2 were screened with SELEX processes, and a sandwich pair (LCN2_apta2 and LCN2_apta4) was finally chosen using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and dot blotting analysis. The result of the proposed aptamer sandwich construction shows that LCN2 was sensitively detected in the concentration range of 2.5–500 ng mL−1 with a limit of detection of 0.6 ng mL−1. Quantitative measurement tests in HCC patients were run on straight serum and were compared with the performance of the conventional antibody-based ELISA kit. The aptamer sandwich assay demonstrated an excellent dynamic range for LCN2 at clinically relevant serum levels, covering sub-nanogram per mL concentrations. The new approach offers a simple and robust method for detecting serum biomarkers that have low and moderate abundance. It consists of functionalization, hybridization and signal read-out, and no dilution is required. The results of the study demonstrate the capability of the aptamer sandwich assay platform for diagnosing HCC and its potential applicability to the point-of-care testing (POCT) system. PMID:26039737

  3. Aptamer-based Sandwich Assay and its Clinical Outlooks for Detecting Lipocalin-2 in Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC).

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    Lee, Kyeong-Ah; Ahn, Ji-Young; Lee, Sang-Hee; Singh Sekhon, Simranjeet; Kim, Dae-Ghon; Min, Jiho; Kim, Yang-Hoon

    2015-01-01

    We validated a single-stranded, DNA aptamer-based, diagnostic method capable of detecting Lipocalin-2 (LCN2), a biomarker from clinically relevant hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patient serum, in the sandwich assay format. Nine aptamers (LCN2_apta1 to LCN2_apta9) for LCN2 were screened with SELEX processes, and a sandwich pair (LCN2_apta2 and LCN2_apta4) was finally chosen using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and dot blotting analysis. The result of the proposed aptamer sandwich construction shows that LCN2 was sensitively detected in the concentration range of 2.5-500 ng mL(-1) with a limit of detection of 0.6 ng mL(-1). Quantitative measurement tests in HCC patients were run on straight serum and were compared with the performance of the conventional antibody-based ELISA kit. The aptamer sandwich assay demonstrated an excellent dynamic range for LCN2 at clinically relevant serum levels, covering sub-nanogram per mL concentrations. The new approach offers a simple and robust method for detecting serum biomarkers that have low and moderate abundance. It consists of functionalization, hybridization and signal read-out, and no dilution is required. The results of the study demonstrate the capability of the aptamer sandwich assay platform for diagnosing HCC and its potential applicability to the point-of-care testing (POCT) system. PMID:26039737

  4. Deflections of anisotropic sandwich beams with variable face sheets and core thicknesses

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    Lu, Chu-Ho

    1994-01-01

    A sandwich construction consists of a low-density core material with high strength face sheets bounded to the top and bottom surfaces. The construction has been widely used in the aerospace and marine industries due to its outstanding characteristics such as noise absorption, weight minimization, heat insulation, and better bending stiffness. In sandwich structures used in high-performance aircraft, the face sheets are often made of fiber-reinforced composite materials and the core is made of honeycomb. The structures may also have variable thickness so as to satisfy aerodynamic requirements. In the stress analysis, the constant-thickness face sheets are usually considered as membrane and the core is assumed to be inextensible but deformable in the thickness direction. The static behavior of variable-thickness, isotropic and homogeneous sandwich beams was successfully studied by employing a constant-thickness theory but allowing stiffnesses to vary in accordance with local thickness variations. It has been recently found in a refined theory that the analyses based on the constant thickness theory locally can lead to significant errors in structural responses if the sandwich beam is thickness-tapered and the cores are deformable in transverse shear. The errors arise mainly from two factors: (1) the transverse shear components of the membrane forces in the face sheets alter the transverse shears carried by the core; and (2) the face-sheet membrane strains arise from transverse shear deformation of the core. In practice the variable thickness may not only exist in core but also in face sheets. The thickness-variations may even be a type of step function. In this case the transverse shear stress in the face sheets and bending stress in the core should be taken into account in the refined theory mentioned. In the present study, energy principles are employed in deriving governing equations for general bending of anisotropic sandwich beams with variable thickness in both face sheets and cores. Solutions to these equations are based on a finite difference scheme. As an example in application, a simply supported thickness-tapered sandwich beam subject to a concentrated load at its center is considered. Let W' be the maximum deflection of the beam in which face sheets are considered as membrane, while W'' is that based on using the modified refined theory. It is found that W' is always larger than W'', however, the magnitude of (W'- W'') appears to be insensitive to the change of the taper of the beam.

  5. Puncture black hole initial data in the conformal thin-sandwich formalism

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    Baumgarte, Thomas W.

    2011-11-01

    We revisit the construction of puncture black hole initial data in the conformal thin-sandwich (CTS) decomposition of Einstein's constraint equations. It has been shown previously that this approach cannot yield quasiequilibrium wormhole data, which connect two asymptotically flat spatial infinities. This argument does not apply to trumpet data, which connect the spatial infinity in one universe with the future timelike infinity of another. As a numerical demonstration, we present results for a single boosted trumpet-puncture black hole, constructed in the original version of the CTS formalism.

  6. Design, fabrication and test of liquid metal heat-pipe sandwich panels

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    Basiulis, A.; Camarda, C. J.

    1983-01-01

    Integral heat-pipe sandwich panels, which synergistically combine the thermal efficiency of heat pipes and the structural efficiency of honeycomb sandwich panel construction, were fabricated and tested. The designs utilize two different wickable honeycomb cores, facesheets with screen mesh sintered to the internal surfaces, and potassium or sodium as the working fluid. Panels were tested by radiant heating, and the results indicate successful heat pipe operation at temperatures of approximately 922K (1200F). These panels, in addition to solving potential thermal stress problems in an Airframe-Integrated Scramjet Engine, have potential applications as cold plates for electronic component cooling, as radiators for space platforms, and as low distortion, large area structures.

  7. Design, fabrication and test of liquid metal heat-pipe sandwich panels

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    Basiulis, A.; Camarda, C. J.

    1983-04-01

    Integral heat-pipe sandwich panels, which synergistically combine the thermal efficiency of heat pipes and the structural efficiency of honeycomb sandwich panel construction, were fabricated and tested. The designs utilize two different wickable honeycomb cores, facesheets with screen mesh sintered to the internal surfaces, and potassium or sodium as the working fluid. Panels were tested by radiant heating, and the results indicate successful heat pipe operation at temperatures of approximately 922K (1200F). These panels, in addition to solving potential thermal stress problems in an Airframe-Integrated Scramjet Engine, have potential applications as cold plates for electronic component cooling, as radiators for space platforms, and as low distortion, large area structures.

  8. Einstein constraints: Uniqueness and nonuniqueness in the conformal thin sandwich approach

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    Baumgarte, Thomas W.; Murchadha, Niall O; Pfeiffer, Harald P.

    2007-02-15

    We study the appearance of multiple solutions to certain decompositions of Einstein's constraint equations. Pfeiffer and York recently reported the existence of two branches of solutions for a particular family of background data in the extended conformal thin-sandwich decomposition. We show that the Hamiltonian constraint alone, when expressed in a certain way, admits two branches of solutions with properties very similar to those found by Pfeiffer and York. We construct these two branches analytically for a constant-density star in spherical symmetry, but argue that this behavior is more general. In the case of the Hamiltonian constraint this nonuniqueness is well known to be related to the sign of one particular term, and we argue that the extended conformal thin-sandwich equations contain a similar term that causes the breakdown of uniqueness.

  9. Design, fabrication and test of liquid metal heat-pipe sandwich panels

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    Basiulis, A.; Camarda, C. J.

    1982-01-01

    Integral heat-pipe sandwich panels, which synergistically combine the thermal efficiency of heat pipes and the structural efficiency of honeycomb sandwich panel construction, were fabricated and tested. The designs utilize two different wickable honeycomb cores, facesheets with screen mesh sintered to the internal surfaces, and potassium or sodium as the working fluid. Panels were tested by radiant heating, and the results indicate successful heat pipe operation at temperatures of approximately 922 K (1200 F). These panels, in addition to solving potential thermal stress problems in an Airframe-Integrated Scramjet Engine, have potential applications as cold plates for electronic component cooling, as radiators for space platforms, and as low distortion, large area structures.

  10. Practical Instruction in Tissue Culture and Cytogenetics for Sandwich Students.

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    Williams, D. C.; Bishun, N. P.

    1973-01-01

    Describes the training and practical techniques taught to students involved in a sandwich course at the Tissue Culture and Cytogenetics Unit of the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation, Surrey, England. Students spend a minimum of six months involved in the sandwich course before returning to university for a final academic year. (JR)

  11. High Velocity Impact Response of Composite Lattice Core Sandwich Structures

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    Wang, Bing; Zhang, Guoqi; Wang, Shixun; Ma, Li; Wu, Linzhi

    2014-04-01

    In this research, carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite sandwich structures with pyramidal lattice core subjected to high velocity impact ranging from 180 to 2,000 m/s have been investigated by experimental and numerical methods. Experiments using a two-stage light gas gun are conducted to investigate the impact process and to validate the finite element (FE) model. The energy absorption efficiency (EAE) in carbon fiber composite sandwich panels is compared with that of 304 stainless-steel and aluminum alloy lattice core sandwich structures. In a specific impact energy range, energy absorption efficiency in carbon fiber composite sandwich panels is higher than that of 304 stainless-steel sandwich panels and aluminum alloy sandwich panels owing to the big density of metal materials. Therefore, in addition to the multi-functional applications, carbon fiber composite sandwich panels have a potential advantage to substitute the metal sandwich panels as high velocity impact resistance structures under a specific impact energy range.

  12. Finite Element Modeling of the Buckling Response of Sandwich Panels

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    Rose, Cheryl A.; Moore, David F.; Knight, Norman F., Jr.; Rankin, Charles C.

    2002-01-01

    A comparative study of different modeling approaches for predicting sandwich panel buckling response is described. The study considers sandwich panels with anisotropic face sheets and a very thick core. Results from conventional analytical solutions for sandwich panel overall buckling and face-sheet-wrinkling type modes are compared with solutions obtained using different finite element modeling approaches. Finite element solutions are obtained using layered shell element models, with and without transverse shear flexibility, layered shell/solid element models, with shell elements for the face sheets and solid elements for the core, and sandwich models using a recently developed specialty sandwich element. Convergence characteristics of the shell/solid and sandwich element modeling approaches with respect to in-plane and through-the-thickness discretization, are demonstrated. Results of the study indicate that the specialty sandwich element provides an accurate and effective modeling approach for predicting both overall and localized sandwich panel buckling response. Furthermore, results indicate that anisotropy of the face sheets, along with the ratio of principle elastic moduli, affect the buckling response and these effects may not be represented accurately by analytical solutions. Modeling recommendations are also provided.

  13. A Cost Basis for Resource Allocation for Sandwich Courses.

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    Taylor, Bryan J. R.

    1984-01-01

    The use of a computer-based resource allocation procedure for cooperative education ("sandwich" coursework) at the University of Bath in Great Britain is discussed. Costs of undergraduate sandwich courses are compared with those of the more traditional 3-year, full-time undergraduate courses in British universities. Distinction is made between

  14. Development, testing, and numerical modeling of a foam sandwich biocomposite

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    Chachra, Ricky

    This study develops a novel sandwich composite material using plant based materials for potential use in nonstructural building applications. The face sheets comprise woven hemp fabric and a sap based epoxy, while the core comprises castor oil based foam with waste rice hulls as reinforcement. Mechanical properties of the individual materials are tested in uniaxial compression and tension for the foam and hemp, respectively. The sandwich composite is tested in 3 point bending. Flexural results are compared to a finite element model developed in the commercial software Abaqus, and the validated model is then used to investigate alternate sandwich geometries. Sandwich model responses are compared to existing standards for nonstructural building panels, showing that the novel material is roughly half the strength of equally thick drywall. When space limitations are not an issue, a double thickness sandwich biocomposite is found to be a structurally acceptable replacement for standard gypsum drywall.

  15. Compressive Strength of Stainless-Steel Sandwiches at Elevated Temperatures

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    Mathauser, Eldon E.; Pride, Richard A.

    1959-01-01

    Experimental results are presented from crippling tests of stainless-steel sandwich specimens in the temperature range from 80 F to 1,200 F. The specimens included resistance-welded 17-7 PH stainless-steel sandwiches with single-corrugated cores, type 301 stainless-steel sandwiches with double-corrugated cores, and brazed 17-7 PH stainless-steel sandwiches with honeycomb cores. The experimental strengths are compared with predicted buckling and crippling strengths. The crippling strengths were predicted from the calculated maximum strength of the individual plate elements of the sandwiches and from a correlation procedure which gives the elevated-temperature crippling strength when the experimental room-temperature crippling strengths are known. Photographs of some of the tested specimens are included to show the modes of failure.

  16. Impact damage in aircraft composite sandwich panels

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    Mordasky, Matthew D.

    An experimental study was conducted to develop an improved understanding of the damage caused by runway debris and environmental threats on aircraft structures. The velocities of impacts for stationary aircraft and aircraft under landing and takeoff speeds was investigated. The impact damage by concrete, asphalt, aluminum, hail and rubber sphere projectiles was explored in detail. Additionally, a kinetic energy and momentum experimental study was performed to look at the nature of the impacts in more detail. A method for recording the contact force history of the impact by an instrumented projectile was developed and tested. The sandwich composite investigated was an IM7-8552 unidirectional prepreg adhered to a NOMEXRTM core with an FM300K film adhesive. Impact experiments were conducted with a gas gun built in-house specifically for delivering projectiles to a sandwich composite target in this specic velocity regime (10--140 m/s). The effect on the impact damage by the projectile was investigated by ultrasonic C-scan, high speed camera and scanning electron and optical microscopy. Ultrasonic C-scans revealed the full extent of damage caused by each projectile, while the high speed camera enabled precise projectile velocity measurements that were used for striking velocity, kinetic energy and momentum analyses. Scanning electron and optical images revealed specific features of the panel failure and manufacturing artifacts within the lamina and honeycomb core. The damage of the panels by different projectiles was found to have a similar damage area for equivalent energy levels, except for rubber which had a damage area that increased greatly with striking velocity. Further investigation was taken by kinetic energy and momentum based comparisons of 19 mm diameter stainless steel sphere projectiles in order to examine the dominating damage mechanisms. The sandwich targets were struck by acrylic, aluminum, alumina, stainless steel and tungsten carbide spheres of the same geometry (19mm diameter) and surface finish. A peak absorbed energy for perforation of 34.5J was identied regardless of the projectile density. The effect of composite panel manufacturing methods on the impact damage and energy absorption of the panel was also investigated. Specifically, damage related to pre-cured facesheets is compared to the co-cured facesheets used throughout the study.

  17. Which Is The Best Sandwich Compound? Hexaphenylbenzene Substituted By Sandwich Compounds Bearing Sc, Cr, and Fe.

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    Ramos, Estrella; Martnez, Ana; Rios, Citlalli; Salcedo, Roberto

    2015-11-25

    The electronic properties of nine different hexaarylbenzene molecules substituted by sandwich compounds have been studied by applying density functional theory. Different structures and the particular electron donor power of these systems have been considered in order to analyze their oxidant capacity, using bis(ciclopentadienyl) scandium, ferrocene, and bis(benzene)chromium as sandwich compounds. Both monometallic and bimetallic combinations are investigated. According to the ionization energies and electron affinities, compounds with Cr are nucleophiles and represent the best electron donors, whereas compounds with Sc are electrophiles and represent the best electron acceptors. The worse electron donor or acceptor is hexakis(4-ferrocenyl phenyl) benzene. This is very significant, as it implies that the very well-known electronic properties of hexakis(4-ferrocenyl phenyl) benzene can be improved by substituting with other metals, such as Sc and Cr. This suggests several possible applications for these compounds. PMID:26528582

  18. Influence of reinforcement type on the mechanical behavior and fire response of hybrid composites and sandwich structures

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    Giancaspro, James William

    Lightweight composites and structural sandwich panels are commonly used in marine and aerospace applications. Using carbon, glass, and a host of other high strength fiber types, a broad range of laminate composites and sandwich panels can be developed. Hybrid composites can be constructed by laminating multiple layers of varying fiber types while sandwich panels are manufactured by laminating rigid fiber facings onto a lightweight core. However, the lack of fire resistance of the polymers used for the fabrication remains a very important problem. The research presented in this dissertation deals with an inorganic matrix (Geopolymer) that can be used to manufacture laminate composites and sandwich panels that are resistant up to 1000C. This dissertation deals with the influence of fiber type on the mechanical behavior and the fire response of hybrid composites and sandwich structures manufactured using this resin. The results are categorized into the following distinct studies. (i) High strength carbon fibers were combined with low cost E-glass fibers to obtain hybrid laminate composites that are both economical and strong. The E-glass fabrics were used as a core while the carbon fibers were placed on the tension face and on both tension and compression faces. (ii) Structural sandwich beams were developed by laminating various types of reinforcement onto the tension and compression faces of balsa wood cores. The flexural behavior of the beams was then analyzed and compared to beams reinforced with organic composite. The effect of core density was evaluated using oak beams reinforced with inorganic composite. (iii) To measure the fire response, balsa wood sandwich panels were manufactured using a thin layer of a fire-resistant paste to serve for fire protection. Seventeen sandwich panels were fabricated and tested to measure the heat release rates and smoke-generating characteristics. The results indicate that Geopolymer can be effectively used to fabricate both high strength composite plates and sandwich panels. A 2 mm thick coating of fireproofing on balsa wood is sufficient to satisfy FAA fire requirements.

  19. Development and Mechanical Behavior of FML/Aluminium Foam Sandwiches

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    Baştürk, S. B.; Tanoğlu, M.

    2013-10-01

    In this study, the Fiber-Metal Laminates (FMLs) containing glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (GFPP) and aluminum (Al) sheet were consolidated with Al foam cores for preparing the sandwich panels. The aim of this article is the comparison of the flexural properties of FML/Al foam sandwich panels bonded with various surface modification approaches (silane treatment and combination of silane treatment with polypropylene (PP) based film addition). The FML/foam sandwich systems were fabricated by laminating the components in a mould at 200 °C under 1.5 MPa pressure. The energy absorbtion capacities and flexural mechanical properties of the prepared sandwich systems were evaluated by mechanical tests. Experiments were performed on samples of varying foam thicknesses (8, 20 and 30 mm). The bonding among the sandwich components were achieved by various surface modification techniques. The Al sheet/Al foam sandwiches were also consolidated by bonding the components with an epoxy adhesive to reveal the effect of GFPP on the flexural performance of the sandwich structures.

  20. Evaluation of Analysis Techniques for Fluted-Core Sandwich Cylinders

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    Lovejoy, Andrew E.; Schultz, Marc R.

    2012-01-01

    Buckling-critical launch-vehicle structures require structural concepts that have high bending stiffness and low mass. Fluted-core, also known as truss-core, sandwich construction is one such concept. In an effort to identify an analysis method appropriate for the preliminary design of fluted-core cylinders, the current paper presents and compares results from several analysis techniques applied to a specific composite fluted-core test article. The analysis techniques are evaluated in terms of their ease of use and for their appropriateness at certain stages throughout a design analysis cycle (DAC). Current analysis techniques that provide accurate determination of the global buckling load are not readily applicable early in the DAC, such as during preliminary design, because they are too costly to run. An analytical approach that neglects transverse-shear deformation is easily applied during preliminary design, but the lack of transverse-shear deformation results in global buckling load predictions that are significantly higher than those from more detailed analysis methods. The current state of the art is either too complex to be applied for preliminary design, or is incapable of the accuracy required to determine global buckling loads for fluted-core cylinders. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an analytical method for calculating global buckling loads of fluted-core cylinders that includes transverse-shear deformations, and that can be easily incorporated in preliminary design.

  1. An enriched 1D finite element for the buckling analysis of sandwich beam-columns

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    Sad Saoud, Kahina; Le Grognec, Philippe

    2016-02-01

    Sandwich constructions have been widely used during the last few decades in various practical applications, especially thanks to the attractive compromise between a lightweight and high mechanical properties. Nevertheless, despite the advances achieved to date, buckling still remains a major failure mode for sandwich materials which often fatally leads to collapse. Recently, one of the authors derived closed-form analytical solutions for the buckling analysis of sandwich beam-columns under compression or pure bending. These solutions are based on a specific hybrid formulation where the faces are represented by Euler-Bernoulli beams and the core layer is described as a 2D continuous medium. When considering more complex loadings or non-trivial boundary conditions, closed-form solutions are no more available and one must resort to numerical models. Instead of using a 2D computationally expensive model, the present paper aims at developing an original enriched beam finite element. It is based on the previous analytical formulation, insofar as the skin layers are modeled by Timoshenko beams whereas the displacement fields in the core layer are described by means of hyperbolic functions, in accordance with the modal displacement fields obtained analytically. By using this 1D finite element, linearized buckling analyses are performed for various loading cases, whose results are confronted to either analytical or numerical reference solutions, for validation purposes.

  2. Transmission Loss and Absorption of Corrugated Core Sandwich Panels With Embedded Resonators

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    Allen, Albert R.; Schiller, Noah H.; Zalewski, Bart F.; Rosenthal, Bruce N.

    2014-01-01

    The effect of embedded resonators on the diffuse field sound transmission loss and absorption of composite corrugated core sandwich panels has been evaluated experimentally. Two 1.219 m × 2.438 m panels with embedded resonator arrangements targeting frequencies near 100 Hz were evaluated using non-standard processing of ASTM E90-09 acoustic transmission loss and ASTM C423-09a room absorption test measurements. Each panel is comprised of two composite face sheets sandwiching a corrugated core with a trapezoidal cross section. When inlet openings are introduced in one face sheet, the chambers within the core can be used as embedded acoustic resonators. Changes to the inlet and chamber partition locations allow this type of structure to be tuned for targeted spectrum passive noise control. Because the core chambers are aligned with the plane of the panel, the resonators can be tuned for low frequencies without compromising the sandwich panel construction, which is typically sized to meet static load requirements. Absorption and transmission loss performance improvements attributed to opening the inlets were apparent for some configurations and inconclusive for others.

  3. Seismic load tests on reinforced concrete beam-column sandwich joints with strengthening measures

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    Yang, Zhi-hong; Li, Ying-min; Liu, Jian-wei

    2010-03-01

    Reinforced concrete high-rise buildings with high strength concrete (HSC) column and normal strength concrete (NSC) floor are popular nowadays. For these structures, it is ineffective to construct beam-column joint with high strength concrete. So beam-column joints with normal strength concrete attract abundant attention and are strongly recommended in china recent years. In this paper, we refer to this type of joints as sandwich joints. In order to improve seismic behavior of sandwich joints with high stress, strengthening measures including addition of vertical dowels, addition of diagonal bars, and enhancement of joint constraint were proposed to apply to engineering practice recent years. In this paper, 6 full scale sandwich joint specimens were test under cyclic load to investigate the validity of strengthening measures. Tested specimens were consist of 1 specimen with additional vertical dowels, 2 specimens with additional diagonal bars, and 1 specimen with additional lateral beams, compared with 2 specimens without strengthening measures. Integrated seismic performances of these specimens were studied, such as load resistance behavior, deflection performance, ductility, energy dissipation behavior, beam bars anchorage capacity and so on. Based on the experimental results, the effect and mechanical behavior of strengthening measures were analyzed.

  4. Seismic load tests on reinforced concrete beam-column sandwich joints with strengthening measures

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    Yang, Zhi-Hong; Li, Ying-Min; Liu, Jian-Wei

    2009-12-01

    Reinforced concrete high-rise buildings with high strength concrete (HSC) column and normal strength concrete (NSC) floor are popular nowadays. For these structures, it is ineffective to construct beam-column joint with high strength concrete. So beam-column joints with normal strength concrete attract abundant attention and are strongly recommended in china recent years. In this paper, we refer to this type of joints as sandwich joints. In order to improve seismic behavior of sandwich joints with high stress, strengthening measures including addition of vertical dowels, addition of diagonal bars, and enhancement of joint constraint were proposed to apply to engineering practice recent years. In this paper, 6 full scale sandwich joint specimens were test under cyclic load to investigate the validity of strengthening measures. Tested specimens were consist of 1 specimen with additional vertical dowels, 2 specimens with additional diagonal bars, and 1 specimen with additional lateral beams, compared with 2 specimens without strengthening measures. Integrated seismic performances of these specimens were studied, such as load resistance behavior, deflection performance, ductility, energy dissipation behavior, beam bars anchorage capacity and so on. Based on the experimental results, the effect and mechanical behavior of strengthening measures were analyzed.

  5. The Effects of Various Design Parameters on the Free Vibration of Doubly Curved Composite Sandwich Panels

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    CUNNINGHAM, P. R.; WHITE, R. G.; AGLIETTI, G. S.

    2000-02-01

    Sandwich panels have a very high stiffness to weight ratio, which makes them particularly useful in the aerospace industry where carbon fibre reinforced plastics and lightweight honeycomb cores are being used in the construction of floor panels, fairings and intake barrel panels. In the latter case, the geometry of the panels can be considered doubly curved. This paper presents an introduction to an ongoing study investigating the dynamic response prediction of acoustically excited composite sandwich panels which have double curvature. The final objective is to assess and hopefully produce an up to date set of acoustic fatigue design guidelines for this type of structure. The free vibration of doubly curved composite honeycomb sandwich panels is investigated here, both experimentally and theoretically, the latter using a commerically available finite element package. The design and manufacture of three test panels is covered before presenting experimental results for the natural frequencies of vibration with freely supported boundary conditions. Once validated against the experimental results, the theoretical investigation is extended to study the effects of changing radii of curvature, orthotropic properties of the core, and ply orientation on the natural frequencies of vibration of rectangular panels with various boundary conditions. The results from the parameter studies show curve veering, particularly when studying the effect of changing radii and ply orientation, however, it is not clear whether this phenomenon is due to the approximation method used or occurs in the physical system.

  6. Calibration of an analytical thermal model for an epoxy-based composite sandwich design

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    Reinarts, Thomas R.; Davis, Darrell; Stuckey, Charles I.

    2001-02-01

    An epoxy-based sandwich configuration was designed to meet the structural and thermal requirements of a nose cap for the space shuttle solid rocket boosters (SRB's). This project was suspended in late 1999, but the information gathered during this work is unique in the sense that portions of graphite-epoxy layers were modeled at temperatures exceeding their glass transition temperatures. This work presents the results of the thermal model calibration efforts. A symmetric sandwich configuration was chosen that includes an inner and outer structural skin with a graphite-epoxy composite, Hexcel's AGP370-8H/3501-6 (AS4/3501-6), and a center epoxy-based syntactic core. 3M SC350G, that provides thermal protection. Each graphite-epoxy section consists of seven layers, each layer with a 0, 90, or +/-45 graphite fiber orientation. Three flat panels (0.3050.483 m top view dimensions) using this sandwich construction were fabricated and exposed to an aerothermal environment in the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Improved Hot Gas Facility (IHGF). Each of these panels had ten interstitial thermocouples in the panel. The exact locations of the thermocouples and thickness of the different layers were determined by X-ray evaluation. A 1-D model was generated that used the outer surface IR measured temperature as a boundary condition, and the predicted temperatures were compared with the measured temperatures, calibrating the code. .

  7. The behavior of bonded doubler splices for composite sandwich panels

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    Zeller, T. A.; Weisahaar, T. A.

    1980-07-01

    The results of an investigation into the behavior of adhesively bonded doubler splices of two composite material sandwich panels are presented. The splices are studied from three approaches: analytical; numerical (finite elements); and experimental. Several parameters that characterize the splice are developed to determine their influence upon joint strength. These parameters are: doubler overlap length; core stiffness; laminate bending stiffness; the size of the gap between the spliced sandwich panels; and room and elevated temperatures. Similarities and contrasts between these splices and the physically similar single and double lap joints are discussed. The results of this investigation suggest several possible approaches to improving the strength of the sandwich splices.

  8. Conjoined Cochlear Models:. the Twamp and the Sandwich

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    Hubbard, Allyn

    2009-02-01

    A new model of the cochlea is created by joining parts of the traveling-wave amplifier (TWAMP) and the Sandwich models. The lossy, untuned traveling-wave line of the TWAMP is retained, but the TWAMP's tuned traveling-wave line is replaced by the Sandwich's traveling-wave line that represents the reticular lamina (RL) and scala tympani. The model combines stereocilliary forces, which act between the tectorial membrane (TM) and RL, with somatic outer hair cell forces that power the Sandwich.

  9. Thermal behavior of a titanium honeycomb-core sandwich panel

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    Ko, William L.; Jackson, Raymond H.

    1991-01-01

    Finite element thermal stress analysis was performed on a rectangular titanium honecomb-core sandwich panel which is subjected to thermal load with a temperature gradient across its depth. The distributions of normal stresses in the face sheets and the face-sheet/sandwich-core interfacial shear stresses are presented. The thermal buckling of the heated face sheet was analyzed by assuming the face sheet to be resting on an elastic foundation representing the sandwich core. Thermal buckling curves and thermal buckling load surface are presented for setting the limit for temperature gradient across the panel depth.

  10. The behavior of bonded doubler splices for composite sandwich panels

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    Zeller, T. A.; Weisahaar, T. A.

    1980-01-01

    The results of an investigation into the behavior of adhesively bonded doubler splices of two composite material sandwich panels are presented. The splices are studied from three approaches: analytical; numerical (finite elements); and experimental. Several parameters that characterize the splice are developed to determine their influence upon joint strength. These parameters are: doubler overlap length; core stiffness; laminate bending stiffness; the size of the gap between the spliced sandwich panels; and room and elevated temperatures. Similarities and contrasts between these splices and the physically similar single and double lap joints are discussed. The results of this investigation suggest several possible approaches to improving the strength of the sandwich splices.

  11. The Bending Strength, Internal Bonding and Thickness Swelling of a Five Layer Sandwiched Bamboo Particleboard

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    Jamaludin, M. A.; Bahari, S. A.; Nordin, K.; Soh, T. F. T.

    2010-03-01

    The demand for wood based material is increasing but the supply is decreasing. Therefore the price of these raw materials has increased. Bamboo provides an economically feasible alternative raw material for the wood based industry. Its properties are comparable to wood. It is also compatible with the existing processing technology. Bamboo is in abundance, easy to propagate and of short maturation period. Bamboo provides a cheaper alternative resource for the wood based industry. The development of new structural components from bamboo will widen its area of application from handicrafts to furniture and building components. In this study, five layer sandwiched bamboo particleboard were manufactured. The sandwiched Bamboo PB consists of a bamboo PB core, oil palm middle veneers and thin meranti surface veneers. The physical and mechanical properties of the bamboo sandwiched particleboards were tested in accordance to the BS-EN 317:1993 [1] and BS-EN 310:1993 [2], respectively. All the samples passed the standards. The modulus of elasticity was about 352% higher than the value specified in the BS standard, BS-EN 312-4:1996 [3]. The Internal bonding was about 23% higher than the general requirements specified in the standard. On the other hand, the thickness swelling was about 6% lower than the standard. No glue line failure was observed in the strength tests. Critical failures in the IB tests were observed in the particleboards. Tension failures were observed in the surface veneers in the bending tests. The five layer sandwiched bamboo particleboard can be used for light weight construction such as furniture, and wall and door panels in buildings.

  12. Vibration and sound radiation of sandwich beams with honeycomb truss core

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    Ruzzene, M.

    2004-11-01

    The vibrations of and the sound radiation from sandwich beams with truss core are analyzed. The structure of the core is composed of a sequence of identical unit cells repeating along the beam length and across the core thickness. Each cell is composed of beam elements assembled to form a frame structure. Layouts with the typical honeycomb pattern arranged through the thickness of the core are here considered. This design represents an alternative with respect to the traditional application of honeycombs in sandwich construction. The proposed configuration provides sandwich beams with interesting structural as well as acoustic characteristics. A finite element model is developed to evaluate the structural and the acoustic behavior of the considered class of sandwich beams. The model is formulated by employing dynamic shape functions, derived directly from the distributed parameter model of beam elements. This formulation, often denoted as "spectral", allows an accurate evaluation of the dynamic behavior of the considered structures at high frequencies and with a limited number of elements. In addition, the spectral model can be easily coupled with a Fourier transform based analysis of the sound radiated by the fluid-loaded structure. The model is used to analyze the performance of beams with various core configurations. The comparison is carried out in terms of structural response and sound transmission reduction index. In addition the sound pressure levels and distributions resulting from the beam vibration in an unbounded acoustic half-plane are evaluated and compared. Hexagonal and re-entrant configurations are considered in an effort to study the effects of core geometry on structural response and acoustic radiation.

  13. Measuring Moisture Levels in Graphite Epoxy Composite Sandwich Structures

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    Nurge, Mark; Youngquist, Robert; Starr, Stanley

    2011-01-01

    Graphite epoxy composite (GEC) materials are used in the construction of rocket fairings, nose cones, interstage adapters, and heat shields due to their high strength and light weight. However, they absorb moisture depending on the environmental conditions they are exposed to prior to launch. Too much moisture absorption can become a problem when temperature and pressure changes experienced during launch cause the water to vaporize. The rapid state change of the water can result in structural failure of the material. In addition, heat and moisture combine to weaken GEC structures. Diffusion models that predict the total accumulated moisture content based on the environmental conditions are one accepted method of determining if the material strength has been reduced to an unacceptable level. However, there currently doesn t exist any field measurement technique to estimate the actual moisture content of a composite structure. A multi-layer diffusion model was constructed with Mathematica to predict moisture absorption and desorption from the GEC sandwich structure. This model is used in conjunction with relative humidity/temperature sensors both on the inside and outside of the material to determine the moisture levels in the structure. Because the core materials have much higher diffusivity than the face sheets, a single relative humidity measurement will accurately reflect the moisture levels in the core. When combined with an external relative humidity measurement, the model can be used to determine the moisture levels in the face sheets. Since diffusion is temperaturedependent, the temperature measurements are used to determine the diffusivity of the face sheets for the model computations.

  14. Multifunctional composite sandwich structures utilizing embedded microvascular networks

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    Tye, Jordan

    Sandwich composites possess exceptional specific flexural strengths, but currently lack the capability for multifunctional use of the volumes encapsulated within their cores. The objectives of this research are to (1) fabricate sacrificial fiber with increased production rates and decreased degradation times, (2) integrate sacrificial fibers into sandwich composite skins, and (3) transport, store, and recover fluid from cells within a honeycomb composite core. Melt-mixing and extrusion of PLA and tin (II) oxalate catalyst is used to increase production rates by five orders of magnitude and reduce evacuation times by a factor of four, while substantially lowering costs and eliminating hazardous chemical waste. Sacrificial fibers are woven into and fully evacuated from sandwich composite structures. Finally, fluid is successfully transported via the patterned microvascular pathways and stored within the core compartments, enabling sandwich composites suitable for applications such as structural fluid storage, heat dissipation, and damage sensing.

  15. A consistent large deflection theory of composite sandwich shells

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    Zhu, Jinfu

    1993-05-01

    Composite sandwich shells are important structures in aeronautical and astronautical industry. The theory, especially nonlinear theory, of them is still required to be advanced so as to meet the demand of engineering application. With Lagrangian description, the consistent Green strain tensor, the compatibility equations and the second Piola-Kirchhoff stress tensor of the composite sandwich shells are obtained. Based on these results and several assumptions, the constitutive equations relating the stress resultants to the strains, the strain energy density and the potential energy functional are further developed. In terms of minimum potential energy principle, the equilibrium equations and associated boundary conditions are obtained, which are consistent with the first order approximation under the conditions of small strain accompanied with moderate/small rotation. In terms of the structural features of the shallow composite sandwich shells, the equations obtained are further processed approximately and Donnel-type equations for the shallow composite sandwich shells are obtained.

  16. Electronically asymmetric bis(porphyrin) sandwich complexes

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    Girolami, G.S.; Gorlin, P.A.; Suslick, K.S.

    1994-02-16

    Bis(porphyrin)metal(IV) complexes (M(porph){sub 2}) have been extensively studies in recent years due to their structural, chemical, and spectroscopic similarity to the {open_quotes}special pair{close_quotes} found in the reaction center of photosynthetic bacteria. Strong interactions arise in the bis(porphyrin) complexes due to the short inter-porphyrin separation (< 3 {angstrom}), which results in properties not seen in mono(porphyrin) analogs. For example, the bis(porphyrin) complexes are considerably easier to oxidize than analogous mono(porphyrin) species, and the M(porph){sub 2{sup n+}} cations (n = 1,2) exhibit near-IR absorptions not found in simple mono(porphyrin)cations. As part of the authors continuing effort to understand the factors that govern the electronic structures of bis(porphyrin) supermolecules, the authors now describe the synthesis of a series of zirconium sandwich complexes. Introduction of electron-withdrawing or -donating groups on the {beta}-pyrrole position considerably affects the electronic properties of these molecules without altering their steric parameters. Thus, peripheral substitution allows modification of the inter-porphyrin {pi} interactions while keeping the inter-porphyrin separation constant. Previous studies have changed the identity of the central metal, but the electronic structure and the interplanar distance could not be varied independently.

  17. Ballistic impact into composite sandwich structures

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    Vinson, J.R.; Walker, J.M.

    1994-12-31

    Much attention has been focused on damage caused by ballistic impact into composite material structures. Most often, the emphasis has been placed on the areas of delamination, and/or the reduction in residual strength of the impacted structure. While this is extremely important, there are other areas of emphasis equally important. It is very important to be able to determine whether a given ballistic impactor of known shape, mass and velocity will penetrate a given composite material structure, and if it does, what the residual velocity of the impactor will be. Methods of analysis have been developed which provide the means to predict the above utilizing only two penetration experiments for any given composite structural target. With the results of the two experiments, one can predict the penetration, non penetration and residual velocity of any other ballistic impactor. This provides a dramatic reduction in the amount of expensive testing required to study ballistic impact. It also provides the wherewithal to select the best material system and structural configuration to resist ballistic impact. Lastly it shows that the physics of ballistic impact and the penetration phenomena is modeled satisfactorily. These methods have been extended to sandwich composite structures herein.

  18. Foam core materials for structural sandwich panels

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    Huang Jongshin.

    1991-01-01

    The author first investigates the creep of polymer foam cores. Models for the creep of linear and nonlinear viscoelastic polymer foams are proposed. Experimental results for the creep of a rigid polyurethane foam are compared to the mode; agreement is good. The results indicate that creep can limit the design of building panels with polymer foam cores. Next, he studies the potential of using ceramic foams as a core material in building panels. Ceramic foams have a high stiffness, high creep resistance, low cost, and are incombustible. Ceramic foams, however, have a low fracture toughness and tensile strength. Assuming that the variability of cell wall modulus of rupture follows a Weibull distribution, there is a cell size effect on both the fracture toughness and tensile strength. Both the tensile strength and fracture toughness of ceramic foams can be improved by controlling the cell size. Since cell wall deformation of cellular materials is primarily by bending, the mechanical properties of cellular materials may be improved by making cell walls into sandwich structures. Hollow-sphere composites are made by introducing thin-walled hollow spheres into a matrix.

  19. Modified Mode-I Cracked Sandwich Beam (CSB) Fracture Test

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    Smith, S. A.; Shivakumar, K. N.

    2001-01-01

    Five composite sandwich panels were fabricated using vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM). Four of these panels had E-glass/vinylester facesheets and one had carbon/epoxy facesheets. The sandwich panels had different density PVC foam cores. The four E-glass panels had core densities of 80, 100, 130, 200 kg/cu m. The sandwich with carbon/epoxy 3 facesheets had a core with density of 100 kg/cu m. Fracture tests were conducted using a modified Cracked Sandwich Beam (CSB) test configuration. Load displacement curves were obtained for loading and unloading of the specimens during crack growth. Various increments of crack growth were monitored. Critical Strain Energy Release Rates (SERR) were determined from the tests using the area method. The critical values of SERR can be considered the fracture toughness of the sandwich material. The fracture toughness ranged 367 J/sq m to 1350 J/sq m over the range of core densities. These results are compared to the Mode-I fracture toughness of the PVC foam core materials and values obtained for foam-cored sandwiches using the TSD specimen. Finite-element analyses (FEA) were performed for the test configuration and Strain Energy Release Rates were calculated using the Virtual Crack Closure Technique (VCCT). The SERR values determined from the FEA were scaled to the fracture loads, or critical loads, obtained from the modified CSB tests. These critical loads were in close agreement with the test values.

  20. The sandwich model: the 'music and dance' of therapeutic action.

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    Harrison, Alexandra M

    2014-04-01

    My premise is that a 'layered' approach is necessary to understand the process of exchanges that result in therapeutic change. I imagine these processes occurring in three layers - although the number of domains in which change is taking place is actually infinite - such as in a sandwich. The top layer, or top slice of bread of the sandwich, represents a broad view of the change process; it is non-linear and includes the feature of uncertainty, a general principle of dynamic systems theory. The middle layer, or the meat of the sandwich, is explained by theories that are immediately and clinically useful to a therapist, such as psychoanalytic theories. These are primarily linear theories and use language and symbols to 'tell a story of what happened'. The bottom layer, or bottom slice of bread of the sandwich, is the micro-process; this layer includes the moment-to-moment patterns of coordinated rhythms that both communicate meaning and provide the essential scaffold for all higher-level change processes. The micro-process also requires a non-linear theory to make sense of its variability and emergent properties. Taking a bite out of the sandwich will include a 'polysemic bundle of communicative behaviors' (Harrison and Tronick, 2011). I will illustrate the 'sandwich model' with the clinical case of the analytic treatment of a 5year-old boy. PMID:24354856

  1. Enhanced Antibacterial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles/Halloysite Nanotubes/Graphene Nanocomposites with Sandwich-Like Structure

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    Yu, Liang; Zhang, Yatao; Zhang, Bing; Liu, Jindun

    2014-04-01

    A sandwich-like antibacterial reagent (Ag/HNTs/rGO) was constructed through the direct growth of silver nanoparticles on the surface graphene-based HNTs nanosheets. Herein, various nanomaterials were combined by adhesion effect of DOPA after self-polymerization. Ag/HNTs/rGO posses enhanced antibacterial ability against E. coli and S. aureus compared with individual silver nanoparticles, rGO nanosheets or their nanocomposites.

  2. Enhanced Antibacterial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles/Halloysite Nanotubes/Graphene Nanocomposites with Sandwich-Like Structure

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    Yu, Liang; Zhang, Yatao; Zhang, Bing; Liu, Jindun

    2014-01-01

    A sandwich-like antibacterial reagent (Ag/HNTs/rGO) was constructed through the direct growth of silver nanoparticles on the surface graphene-based HNTs nanosheets. Herein, various nanomaterials were combined by adhesion effect of DOPA after self-polymerization. Ag/HNTs/rGO posses enhanced antibacterial ability against E. coli and S. aureus compared with individual silver nanoparticles, rGO nanosheets or their nanocomposites. PMID:24722502

  3. Numerical analysis of impact-damaged sandwich composites

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    Hwang, Youngkeun

    Sandwich structures are used in a wide variety of structural applications due to their relative advantages over other conventional structural materials in terms of improved stability, weight savings, and ease of manufacture and repair. Foreign object impact damage in sandwich composites can result in localized damage to the facings, core, and core-facing interface. Such damage may result in drastic reductions in composite strength, elastic moduli, and durability and damage tolerance characteristics. In this study, physically-motivated numerical models have been developed for predicting the residual strength of impact-damaged sandwich composites comprised of woven-fabric graphite-epoxy facesheets and Nomex honeycomb cores subjected to compression-after-impact loading. Results from non-destructive inspection and destructive sectioning of damaged sandwich panels were used to establish initial conditions for damage (residual facesheet indentation, core crush dimension, etc.) in the numerical analysis. Honeycomb core crush test results were used to establish the nonlinear constitutive behavior for the Nomex core. The influence of initial facesheet property degradation and progressive loss of facesheet structural integrity on the residual strength of impact-damaged sandwich panels was examined. The influence of damage of various types and sizes, specimen geometry, support boundary conditions, and variable material properties on the estimated residual strength is discussed. Facesheet strains from material and geometric nonlinear finite element analyses correlated relatively well with experimentally determined values. Moreover, numerical predictions of residual strength are consistent with experimental observations. Using a methodology similar to that presented in this work, it may be possible to develop robust residual strength estimates for complex sandwich composite structural components with varying levels of in-service damage. Such studies may facilitate sandwich panel design by providing insight into relationships between material configuration and damage progression that lead to improved damage tolerance characteristics.

  4. Impact damage analysis of balsawood sandwich composite materials

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    Abdalslam, Suof Omran

    In this study, a new composite sandwich structure with a balsa wood core (end grain and regular balsa) in conjunction with E-glass/epoxy face sheets was proposed, fabricated, impact tested, and modeled. The behavior of the sandwich structure under low velocity impact and compression after impact was investigated. Low velocity impact tests were carried out by drop-weight impact tower at different energy levels (8J-35J) to evaluate the impact response of the sandwich structure. Visual inspection, destructive and non destructive evaluation methods have been conducted. For the sandwich plate with end grain core, the damage was very clear and can be visually detected. However, the damage in regular balsa core was not clearly visible and destructive evaluation method was used. Compression testing was done after subjecting the specimens to impact testing. Impact test results; load-time, load-deflection history and energy absorption for sandwich composites with two different cores, end grain and regular balsa were compared and they were investigated at three different impact energies. The results show that the sandwich structures with end grain core are able to withstand impact loading better than the regular balsa core because the higher stiffness of end grain core informs of sustaining higher load and higher overall energy. The results obtained from compression after impact testing show that the strengths of sandwich composites with end grain and regular balsa cores were reduced about 40% and 52%, respectively, after impact. These results were presented in terms of stress-strain curves for both damaged and undamaged specimens. Finite element analysis was conducted on the sandwich composite structure using LS-DYNA code to simulate impact test. A 3- D finite element model was developed and appropriate material properties were given to each component. The computational model was developed to predict the response of sandwich composite under dynamic loading. The experimental and finite element results were matched better for maximum load. However progressive damage accumulation could not predicted well due to lack of sophisticated material damage models in FEA codes.

  5. Composite panels based on woven sandwich-fabric preforms

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    van Vuure, Aart Willem

    A new type of sandwich material was investigated, based on woven sandwich-fabric preforms. Because of the integrally woven nature of the sandwich-fabric the skin-core debonding resistance of panels and structures based on the preform is very high. As the sandwich-fabrics are produced by a large scale textile weaving process (velvet weaving or distance weaving) and already a preform of a sandwich is available, the cost of the final panel or structure can potentially stay limited. Most attention in this work is focussed on the mechanical performance of sandwich-fabric panels. The high skin-core debonding resistance was verified and also indications were found of a good damage tolerance. Both unfoamed and foamed panels were evaluated and compared with existing sandwich panels. Microstructural parameters investigated for unfoamed cores are pile length, pile density, woven pile angles, degree of pile stretching, tilt angles of the piles induced during panel production and resin content and distribution. For foamed panels it is especially the foam density which has an important influence. There appears to be a synergistic effect between piles and foam in the sandwich core, leading to very acceptable mechanical properties. For panels for (semi) structural applications, foaming is almost indispensable once the panel thickness is higher than about 15 mm. To understand the behaviour of foamed panels, attention was paid to the modelling of the mechanics of pure foam. The foam microstructure was modelled with the model of an anisotropic tetrakaidecahedron. The mechanical properties of unfoamed panels were modelled with the help of finite elements. A detailed geometrical description of the core layout was made which was incorporated into a preprocessing program for a finite element code. Attention is paid to the production of panels based on the woven preforms. A newly developed Adhesive Foil Stretching process was investigated. Also the foaming of panels was studied. A lot of attention was paid to a special application in the field of structural damping, where sandwich-fabric panels could be used as spacer in a constrained layer application. The vibrations and damping were modelled with the help of finite elements.

  6. Experimental study on mechanical properties of aircraft honeycomb sandwich structures

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    Zakeri, A. A.; Talebi Mazraehshahi, H.

    2010-06-01

    Mechanical behaviour of sandwich panels under different conditions have been exprimentally studied in this research to increase the knowledge of aircraft sandwich panel structures and facilitate design criteria for aircraft structures. Tests were concentrated on the honeycomb sandwich structures under different loads including flexural, insert shear, flat wise tension and compression loads. Furthermore, effect of core density and face material on mechanical behavior of different samples were investigated and compared with analytical and FEM method. Effects of skin thickness on strength of honycomb sandwhich panels under shear pull out and moments have also been considerd in this study. According to this investigation, insert strength and flexural test under different load conditions is strongly affected by face thickness, but compression and tearoff (falt wise tensile) properties of a sandwich panel depends on core material. The study concludes that the correlation between experimental results and the analytical predictions will enable the designer to predict the mechanical behaviour and strength of a sandwich beam; however, applied formula may lead engineers to unreliable results for shear modulus.

  7. Sandwich mapping of schistosomiasis risk in Anhui Province, China.

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    Hu, Yi; Bergquist, Robert; Lynn, Henry; Gao, Fenghua; Wang, Qizhi; Zhang, Shiqing; Li, Rui; Sun, Liqian; Xia, Congcong; Xiong, Chenglong; Zhang, Zhijie; Jiang, Qingwu

    2015-01-01

    Schistosomiasis mapping using data obtained from parasitological surveys is frequently used in planning and evaluation of disease control strategies. The available geostatistical approaches are, however, subject to the assumption of stationarity, a stochastic process whose joint probability distribution does not change when shifted in time. As this is impractical for large areas, we introduce here the sandwich method, the basic idea of which is to divide the study area (with its attributes) into homogeneous subareas and estimate the values for the reporting units using spatial stratified sampling. The sandwich method was applied to map the county-level prevalence of schistosomiasis japonica in Anhui Province, China based on parasitological data collected from sample villages and land use data. We first mapped the county-level prevalence using the sandwich method, then compared our findings with block Kriging. The sandwich estimates ranged from 0.17 to 0.21% with a lower level of uncertainty, while the Kriging estimates varied from 0 to 0.97% with a higher level of uncertainty, indicating that the former is more smoothed and stable compared to latter. Aside from various forms of reporting units, the sandwich method has the particular merit of simple model assumption coupled with full utilization of sample data. It performs well when a disease presents stratified heterogeneity over space. PMID:26054518

  8. Impact Response of Laminate Metal Honeycomb Sandwich Structure

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    He, Xiaodong; Kong, Xianghao; Shi, Liping

    2009-06-01

    The ARMOR TPS is one of important candidate structure of RLV. It will be the best selection for all kinds of RLV. So the ARMOR thermal protection system will be used in aviation and spaceflight field more and more widely. ARMOR TPS panel is above the whole ARMOR TPS, and the metal honeycomb sandwich structure is the surface of the ARMOR TPS panel. So the metal honeycomb sandwich structure plays an important role in the ARMOR TPS, while it bears the flight dynamic pressure and stands against the flight dynamic calefaction and impact load. The metal honeycomb sandwich structure is made of upper faceplate, lower faceplate and honeycomb core. In the course of the reusable launch vehicle working, it is possible that the space chips impact its outer surface. The main problem is what impact the metal honeycomb sandwich structure can stand and how many times it can stand. In the high speed impact experiment we choose different quality and velocity to simulate real space environment. This paper will analyze the mechanics behaviour of metal honeycomb sandwich structure in the course of impact, then we make sure the limit impact load and get the effect of impact flaw.

  9. Feasibility study of a SiC sandwich neutron spectrometer

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    Wu, Jian; Lei, Jiarong; Jiang, Yong; Chen, Yu; Rong, Ru; Zou, Dehui; Fan, Xiaoqiang; Chen, Gang; Li, Li; Bai, Song

    2013-04-01

    Semiconductor sandwich neutron spectrometers are suitable for in-pile measurements of fast reactor spectra thanks to their compact and relatively simple design. We have assembled and tested a sandwich neutron spectrometer based on 4H-silicon carbide (4H-SiC) Schottky diodes. The SiC diodes detect neutrons via neutron-induced charged particles (tritons and alpha particles) produced by 6Li(n,?)3H reaction. 6LiF neutron converter layers are deposited on the front surface of Schottky diodes by magnetron sputtering. The responses of SiC diodes to charged particles were investigated with an 241Am alpha source. A sandwich neutron spectrometer was assembled with two SiC Schottky diodes selected based on the charged-particle-response experimental results. The low-energy neutron response of the sandwich spectrometer was measured in the neutron field of the Chinese Fast Burst Reactor-II (CFBR-II). Spectra of alpha particles and tritons from 6Li(n,?)3H reaction were obtained with two well-resolved peaks. The energy resolution of the sum spectrum was 8.8%. The primary experimental results confirmed the 4H-SiC sandwich neutron spectrometer's feasibility.

  10. Sound Transmission through Two Concentric Cylindrical Sandwich Shells

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    Tang, Yvette Y.; Silcox, Richard J.; Robinson, Jay H.

    1996-01-01

    This paper solves the problem of sound transmission through a system of two infinite concentric cylindrical sandwich shells. The shells are surrounded by external and internal fluid media and there is fluid (air) in the annular space between them. An oblique plane sound wave is incident upon the surface of the outer shell. A uniform flow is moving with a constant velocity in the external fluid medium. Classical thin shell theory is applied to the inner shell and first-order shear deformation theory is applied to the outer shell. A closed form for transmission loss is derived based on modal analysis. Investigations have been made for the impedance of both shells and the transmission loss through the shells from the exterior into the interior. Results are compared for double sandwich shells and single sandwich shells. This study shows that: (1) the impedance of the inner shell is much smaller than that of the outer shell so that the transmission loss is almost the same in both the annular space and the interior cavity of the shells; (2) the two concentric sandwich shells can produce an appreciable increase of transmission loss over single sandwich shells especially in the high frequency range; and (3) design guidelines may be derived with respect to the noise reduction requirement and the pressure in the annular space at a mid-frequency range.

  11. Actively cooled plate fin sandwich structural panels for hypersonic aircraft

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    Smith, L. M.; Beuyukian, C. S.

    1979-01-01

    An unshielded actively cooled structural panel was designed for application to a hypersonic aircraft. The design was an all aluminum stringer-stiffened platefin sandwich structure which used a 60/40 mixture of ethylene glycol/water as the coolant. Eight small test specimens of the basic platefin sandwich concept and three fatigue specimens from critical areas of the panel design was fabricated and tested (at room temperature). A test panel representative of all features of the panel design was fabricated and tested to determine the combined thermal/mechanical performance and structural integrity of the system. The overall findings are that; (1) the stringer-stiffened platefin sandwich actively cooling concept results in a low mass design that is an excellent contender for application to a hypersonic vehicle, and (2) the fabrication processes are state of the art but new or modified facilities are required to support full scale panel fabrication.

  12. Extended high order sandwich panel theory for bending analysis of sandwich beams with carbon nanotube reinforced face sheets

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    Jedari Salami, S.

    2016-02-01

    Bending analysis of a sandwich beam with soft core and carbon nanotube reinforced composite (CNTRC) face sheets in the literature is presented based on Extended High order Sandwich Panel Theory (EHSAPT). Distribution of fibers through the thickness of the face sheets could be uniform or functionally graded (FG). In this theory the face sheets follow the first order shear deformation theory (FSDT). Besides, the two dimensional elasticity is used for the core. The field equations are derived via the Ritz based solution which is suitable for any essential boundary condition. The influences of boundary conditions on bending response of the sandwich panel with soft core and CNTRC face sheet are investigated. In each type of boundary condition the effect of distribution pattern of CNTRCs on many essential involved parameters of the sandwich beam with functionally graded carbon nanotube reinforced composite (FG- CNTRC) face sheets are studied in detail. Finally, experimental result have been compared with those obtained based on developed solution method. It is concluded that, the sandwich beam with X distribution figure of face sheets is the strongest with the smallest transverse displacement, and followed by the UD, O and ∧-ones, respectively.

  13. Sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for naringin.

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    Qu, Huihua; Wang, Xueqian; Qu, Baoping; Kong, Hui; Zhang, Yue; Shan, Wenchao; Cheng, Jinjun; Wang, Qingguo; Zhao, Yan

    2016-01-15

    Among the currently used immunoassay techniques, sandwich ELISA exhibits higher specificity, lower cross-reactivity, and a wider working range compared to the corresponding competitive assays. However, it is difficult to obtain a pair of antibodies that can simultaneously bind to two epitopes of a molecule with a molecular weight of less than 1000Da. Naringin (Nar) is a flavonoid with a molecular mass of 580Da. The main aim of this study was to develop a sandwich ELISA for detecting Nar. Two hybridomas secreting anti-Nar monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) were produced by fusing splenocytes from a mouse immunised against Nar-bovine serum albumin (BSA) conjugated with a hypoxanthine-aminopterin-thymidine (HAT)-sensitive mouse myeloma cell line; a sandwich ELISA for detecting Nar was developed using these two well-characterised anti-Nar mAbs. The performance of the sandwich assay was further evaluated by limit of detection (LOD), limit of quantification (LOQ), recovery, and interference analyses. A dose-response curve to Nar was obtained with an LOD of 6.78ngmL(-1) and an LOQ of 13.47ngmL(-1). The inter-assay and intra-assay coefficients of variation were 4.32% and 7.48%, respectively. The recovery rate of Nar from concentrated Fructus aurantii granules was 83.63%. A high correlation was obtained between HPLC and sandwich ELISA. These results demonstrate that the sandwich ELISA method has higher specificity for Nar than indirect competitive ELISA. PMID:26709308

  14. A novel method of measuring leaf epidermis and mesophyll stiffness shows the ubiquitous nature of the sandwich structure of leaf laminas in broad-leaved angiosperm species.

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    Onoda, Yusuke; Schieving, Feike; Anten, Niels P R

    2015-05-01

    Plant leaves commonly exhibit a thin, flat structure that facilitates a high light interception per unit mass, but may increase risks of mechanical failure when subjected to gravity, wind and herbivory as well as other stresses. Leaf laminas are composed of thin epidermis layers and thicker intervening mesophyll layers, which resemble a composite material, i.e. sandwich structure, used in engineering constructions (e.g. airplane wings) where high bending stiffness with minimum weight is important. Yet, to what extent leaf laminas are mechanically designed and behave as a sandwich structure remains unclear. To resolve this issue, we developed and applied a novel method to estimate stiffness of epidermis- and mesophyll layers without separating the layers. Across a phylogenetically diverse range of 36 angiosperm species, the estimated Young's moduli (a measure of stiffness) of mesophyll layers were much lower than those of the epidermis layers, indicating that leaf laminas behaved similarly to efficient sandwich structures. The stiffness of epidermis layers was higher in evergreen species than in deciduous species, and strongly associated with cuticle thickness. The ubiquitous nature of sandwich structures in leaves across studied species suggests that the sandwich structure has evolutionary advantages as it enables leaves to be simultaneously thin and flat, efficiently capturing light and maintaining mechanical stability under various stresses. PMID:25675956

  15. Antibiotic sandwich patch for ventricular septal defect complicated by endocarditis.

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    Lo Rito, Mauro; Leon-Wyss, Juan; Veras, Oscar; Vides, Ivan; Najera, Cesar; Castaeda, Aldo R

    2011-07-01

    Infective endocarditis in patients with ventricular septal defects can prove life threatening due to acute heart failure or septic embolization. Persistent postoperative risk is bacterial colonization of prosthetic material. We designed the Antibiotic Sandwich Patch to reduce this risk, using a double layer of autologous pericardium containing antibiotic powder. Five patients were managed with this technique for closure of ventricular septal defects complicated by acute infective endocarditis. No colonization of the patches occurred after a median follow up of 1.5 years. This technique reduced the risk of bacterial colonization of the antibiotic sandwich patch, offering an additional surgical option. PMID:21718885

  16. Strength enhancement of sandwich panel under impact loading

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    Zhao, H.; Nasri, I.; Li, H. J.

    2008-11-01

    This paper presents a study of the strength enhancement under impact loading of metallic cellular materials as well as sandwich panels with cellular core. A testing method using 60mm diameter Nylon Hopkinson pressure bars is used to investigate the rate sensitivity of various metallic cellular materials as honeycombs, foams. Finally, an inversed perforation test on sandwich panels with an instrumented pressure bar is also presented. Such a new testing setup provides piercing force time history measurement, generally inaccessible. Testing results show a notable enhancement of piercing forces, even though the skin aluminum plates and the foam cores are nearly rate insensitive.

  17. Toughness of composite steel-concrete structure of sandwich system

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    Iwata, Setsuo; Hattori, Yoichi

    1994-12-31

    Offshore structure should have a high degree of structural safety not only under normal conditions but also extreme conditions even under collision loadings. The authors carried out both experimental and theoretical investigations on the toughness of the sandwich composite structures. Experiments were carried out for the two-dimensional models of composite structures under pure bending and combined shear and bending as well. A nonlinear analysis was developed to predict the toughness of sandwich beam under pure bending. In the analysis the material nonlinearity of both concrete and steel plate were taken into consideration. The analysis were found to be very close to the experimental results.

  18. Approaches to Design and Evaluation of Sandwich Composites

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    Shivakumar, Kunigal; Raju, I. S. (Technical Monitor); Ambur, D. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    This report describes research during the period June 15, 1997 to October 31, 2000. This grant yielded a low cast manufacturing of composite sandwich structures technology and characterization interfacial and subinterfacial cracks in foam core sandwich panels. The manufacturing technology is called the vacuum assisted resin transfer (VARTM). The VARTM is suitable for processing composite materials both at ambient and elevated temperatures and of unlimited component size. This technology has been successfully transferred to a small business fiber preform manufacturing company 3TEX located in Cary, North Carolina. The grant also supported one Ph.D, one M.S and a number of under graduate students, and nine publications and Presentations.

  19. Methods for Assessing Honeycomb Sandwich Panel Wrinkling Failures

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    Zalewski, Bart F.; Dial, William B.; Bednarcyk, Brett A.

    2012-01-01

    Efficient closed-form methods for predicting the facesheet wrinkling failure mode in sandwich panels are assessed. Comparisons were made with finite element model predictions for facesheet wrinkling, and a validated closed-form method was implemented in the HyperSizer structure sizing software.

  20. Modular container assembled from fiber reinforced thermoplastic sandwich panels

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    Donnelly, Mathew William (Edgewood, NM); Kasoff, William Andrew (Albuquerque, NM); Mcculloch, Patrick Carl (Irvine, CA); Williams, Frederick Truman (Albuquerque, NM)

    2007-12-25

    An improved, load bearing, modular design container structure assembled from thermoformed FRTP sandwich panels in which is utilized the unique core-skin edge configuration of the present invention in consideration of improved load bearing performance, improved useful load volume, reduced manufacturing costs, structural weight savings, impact and damage tolerance and repair and replace issues.

  1. Damage tolerance of a composite sandwich with interleaved foam core

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    Ishai, Ori; Hiel, Clement

    A composite sandwich panel consisting of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) skins and a syntactic foam core was selected as an appropriate structural concept for the design of wind tunnel compressor blades. Interleaving of the core with tough interlayers was done to prevent core cracking and to improve damage tolerance of the sandwich. Simply supported sandwich beam specimens were subjected to low-velocity drop-weight impacts as well as high velocity ballistic impacts. The performance of the interleaved core sandwich panels was characterized by localized skin damage and minor cracking of the core. Residual compressive strength (RCS) of the skin, which was derived from flexural test, shows the expected trend of decreasing with increasing size of the damage, impact energy, and velocity. In the case of skin damage, RCS values of around 50 percent of the virgin interleaved reference were obtained at the upper impact energy range. Based on the similarity between low-velocity and ballistic-impact effects, it was concluded that impact energy is the main variable controlling damage and residual strength, where as velocity plays a minor role.

  2. Damage Tolerance of Sandwich Plates With Debonded Face Sheets

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    Sankar, Bhavani V.

    2001-01-01

    A nonlinear finite element analysis was performed to simulate axial compression of sandwich beams with debonded face sheets. The load - end-shortening diagrams were generated for a variety of specimens used in a previous experimental study. The energy release rate at the crack tip was computed using the J-integral, and plotted as a function of the load. A detailed stress analysis was performed and the critical stresses in the face sheet and the core were computed. The core was also modeled as an isotropic elastic-perfectly plastic material and a nonlinear post buckling analysis was performed. A Graeco-Latin factorial plan was used to study the effects of debond length, face sheet and core thicknesses, and core density on the load carrying capacity of the sandwich composite. It has been found that a linear buckling analysis is inadequate in determining the maximum load a debonded sandwich beam can carry. A nonlinear post-buckling analysis combined with an elastoplastic model of the core is required to predict the compression behavior of debonded sandwich beams.

  3. Detection of entrapped moisture in honeycomb sandwich structures

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    Hallmark, W. B.

    1967-01-01

    Thermal neutron moisture detection system detects entrapped moisture in intercellular areas of bonded honeycomb sandwich structures. A radium/beryllium fast neutron source bombards a specimen. The emitted thermal neutrons from the target nucleus are detected and counted by a boron trifluoride thermal neutron detector.

  4. Damage Tolerance of Sandwich Plates with Debonded Face Sheets

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    Avery, John L., III; Sankar, Bhavani V.

    1998-01-01

    Axial compression tests were performed on debonded sandwich composites made of graphite/epoxy face-sheets and aramid fiber honeycomb core. The sandwich beams were manufactured using a vacuum baccrin2 process. The face-sheet and the sandwich beam were co-cured. Delamination between one of the face sheets and the core was introduced by using a Teflon layer during the curing process. Axial compression tests were performed to determine the ultimate load carrying capacity of the debonded beams. Flatwise tension tests and Double Cantilever Beam tests were performed to determine. respectively, the strength and fracture toughness of the face-sheet/core interface. From the test results semi-empirical formulas were derived for the fracture toughness and ultimate compressive load carrying capacity in terms of the core density. core thickness. face-sheet thickness and debond length. Four different failure modes and their relation to the structural properties were identified. Linear buckling analysis was found to be inadequate in predicting the compressive load carrying capacity of the debonded sandwich composites.

  5. Damage tolerance of a composite sandwich with interleaved foam core

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    Ishai, Ori; Hiel, Clement

    1992-01-01

    A composite sandwich panel consisting of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) skins and a syntactic foam core was selected as an appropriate structural concept for the design of wind tunnel compressor blades. Interleaving of the core with tough interlayers was done to prevent core cracking and to improve damage tolerance of the sandwich. Simply supported sandwich beam specimens were subjected to low-velocity drop-weight impacts as well as high velocity ballistic impacts. The performance of the interleaved core sandwich panels was characterized by localized skin damage and minor cracking of the core. Residual compressive strength (RCS) of the skin, which was derived from flexural test, shows the expected trend of decreasing with increasing size of the damage, impact energy, and velocity. In the case of skin damage, RCS values of around 50 percent of the virgin interleaved reference were obtained at the upper impact energy range. Based on the similarity between low-velocity and ballistic-impact effects, it was concluded that impact energy is the main variable controlling damage and residual strength, where as velocity plays a minor role.

  6. Star cell type core configuration for structural sandwich materials

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    Christensen, Richard M.

    1995-01-01

    A new pattern for cellular core material used in sandwich type structural materials. The new pattern involves star shaped cells intermixed with hexagonal shaped cells. The new patterned cellular core material includes star shaped cells interconnected at points thereof and having hexagonal shape cells positioned adjacent the star points. The new pattern allows more flexibility and can conform more easily to curved shapes.

  7. Compression Response of a Sandwich Fuselage Keel Panel With and Without Damage

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    McGowan, David M.; Ambur, Damodar R.

    1997-01-01

    Results are presented from an experimental and analytical study of a sandwich fuselage keel panel with and without damage. The fuselage keel panel is constructed of graphite-epoxy skins bonded to a honeycomb core, and is representative of a highly loaded fuselage keel structure. The face sheets of the panel contain several terminated or dropped plies along the length of the panel. The results presented provide a better understanding of the load distribution in damaged and undamaged thick-face-sheet composite sandwich structure with dropped plies and of the failure mechanisms of such structure in the presence of low-speed impact damage and discrete-source damage. The impact-damage condition studied corresponds to barely visible impact damage (BVID), and the discrete-source damage condition studied is a notch machined through both face sheets. Results are presented from an impact-damage screening study conducted on another panel of the same design to determine the impact energy necessary to inflict BVID on the panel. Results are presented from compression tests of the panel in three conditions: undamaged; BVID in two locations; and BVID in two locations and a notch through both face sheets. Surface strains in the face sheets of the undamaged panel and the notched panel obtained experimentally are compared with finite element analysis results. The experimental and analytical results suggest that for the damage conditions studied, discrete-source damage influences the structural performance more than BVID.

  8. Primary hepatocyte culture in collagen gel mixture and collagen sandwich

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    Wang, Ying-Jie; Liu, Hong-Ling; Guo, Hai-Tao; Wen, Hong-Wei; Liu, Jun

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To explore the methods of hepatocytes culture in a collagen gel mixture or between double layers of collagen sandwich configuration and to examine the functional and cytomorphological characteristics of cultured hepatocytes. METHODS: A two-step collagenase perfusion technique was used to isolate the hepatocytes from Wistar rats or newborn Chinese experimental piglets. The isolated hepatocytes were cultured in a collagen gel mixture or between double layers of collagen sandwich configuration respectively. The former was that rat hepatocytes were mixed with type I rat tail collagen solution till gelled, and the medium was added onto the gel. The latter was that swine hepatocytes were seeded on a plate precoated with collagen gel for 24 h, then another layer of collagen gel was overlaid, resulting in a sandwich configuration. The cytomorphological characteristics, albumin secretion, and LDH-release of the hepatocytes cultured in these two models were examined. RESULTS: Freshly isolated rat hepatocytes were successfully mixed and fixed in collagen gel, and cultured in the gel condition. During the culture period, the urea synthesized and secreted by rat hepatocytes was detected throughout the period. Likewise, newborn experimental piglet hepatocytes were successfully fixed between the double layers of collagen gel, forming a sandwich configuration. Within a week of culture, the albumin secreted by swine hepatocytes was detected by SDS/PAGE analysis. The typical cytomorphological characteristics of the hepatocytes cultured by the above two culture models were found under a phase-contrast microscope. There was little LDH-release during the culture period. CONCLUSION: Both collagen gel mixture and double layers of collagen sandwich configuration can provide cultural conditions much closer to in vivo environment, and are helpful for maintaining specific hepatic functions and cytomorphological characteristics. A collagen gel mixture culture may be more eligible for the study of bioartificial livers. PMID:14991941

  9. Vibration and acoustic properties of honeycomb sandwich structures subject to variable incident plane-wave angle pressure loads

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    Yan, Jiaxue

    Honeycomb structures are widely used in many areas for their material characteristics such as high strength-to-weight ratio, stiffness-to-weight, sound transmission, and other properties. Honeycomb structures are generally constructed from periodically spaced tessellations of unit cells. It can be shown that the effective stiffness and mass properties of honeycomb are controlled by the local geometry and wall thickness of the particular unit cells used. Of particular interest are regular hexagonal (6-sided) honeycomb unit cell geometries which exhibit positive effective Poisson's ratio, and modified 6-sided auxetic honeycomb unit cells with Poisson's ratio which is effectively negative; a property not found in natural materials. One important honeycomb meta-structure is sandwich composites designed with a honeycomb core bonded between two panel layers. By changing the geometry of the repetitive unit cell, and overall depth and material properties of the honeycomb core, sandwich panels with different vibration and acoustic properties can be designed to shift resonant frequencies and improve intensity and Sound Transmission Loss (STL). In the present work, a honeycomb finite element model based on beam elements is programmed in MATLAB and verified with the commercial finite element software ABAQUS for frequency extraction and direct frequency response analysis. The MATLAB program was used to study the vibration and acoustic properties of different kinds of honeycomb sandwich panels undergoing in-plane loading with different incident pressure wave angles and frequency. Results for the root mean square intensity IRMS based on normal velocity on the transmitted side of the panel measure vibration magnitude are reported for frequencies between 0 and 1000 Hz. The relationship between the sound transmission loss computed with ABAQUS and the inverse of the intensity of surface velocity is established. In the present work it is demonstrated that the general trend between the STL pressure response and the inverted intensity metric have similar response characteristics over both the stiffness frequency region and the resonance frequency region, showing that an increase in IRMS corresponds to a decrease in STL. The ABAQUS model was used to verify the MATLAB program for natural frequencies and mode shapes, and to compute the STL on the top surface of the honeycomb sandwich structure. Resonant peaks in the frequency response of intensity and STL are identified with natural frequencies and mode shapes of the honeycomb sandwich structure. A unique feature of this research is the ability to apply the time-harmonic acoustic pressure as a load on the transmitting surface of the honeycomb sandwich panel with variable incident angle ranging between 0 to 90. When the incident angle is nonzero, the pressure load is complex valued, with sinusoidal distribution, and frequency dependent. The finite element implementation of the complex-valued variable incident pressure distribution is programmed in MATLAB to give complete control of the angle, frequency and distribution. Commercial finite element software such as ABAQUS has limited ability to directly apply frequency dependent and distributed real and imaginary pressure distributions in a direct steady state frequency analysis over a large number of frequency evaluations. In the present work, IRMS results for a family of honeycomb sandwich panels with systematic increment in internal cell wall angle, subject to incremental changes in incident angle pressure loads are studied and compared. Results show that for honeycomb sandwich panels with both positive and negative internal cell wall angle, on average, intensity for the nonzero incident angles is higher than the 0 normal incident angle. For the honeycomb sandwich panels with positive internal angle, the intensity consistently increases with larger nonzero incident angles. Furthermore, under the same incident angle pressure load, the intensity of honeycomb panel with positive internal angle is consistently larger than honeycomb panels with

  10. Sandwich pressurization systems for smoke control

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    Marchant, R. )

    1992-11-01

    Australian building legislation has in the past paid little attention to smoke control within multi-story buildings apart from the old Australian Standard 1668, Fire Precautions in Buildings with Air Handling Systems. The objective of that standard was to prevent the migration of smoke to other parts of a building by way of the installed air-conditioning ductwork. However, there was no requirement in the old AS-1668 or in Australian building regulations (AMUBC) to minimize smoke spread through a multi-story building by connecting paths other than the air-conditioning ductwork (building service, elevator and ventilation shafts). This paper reports that because the old standard only applied to buildings employing a central air handling plant, in those early days (before some authorities woke up to the loophole) it was possible to construct a multi-story building with individual on-floor (unitary) air conditioners, to save the expense of a smoke control system. Occupants would then, for their safety, rely solely upon required stair pressurization systems to provide smoke-free paths of egress. Local ad hoc tests have demonstrated that smoke will migrate from the fire floor to other parts of a building via transfer paths such as elevator shafts, construction joints and ventilation ducts. The traditional AS-1668 modus operand, at time of fire, consists of running the building air-conditioning plant in what we now call the purge mode. Using economy cycle dampers, all floors (including the fire floor) are supplied with 100% fresh air and exhausted to atmosphere. This is usually accomplished via a return air shaft, using either dedicated smoke spill fans or the air-conditioning return air fans.

  11. Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in an oncology unit associated with sandwiches consumed in hospital.

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    Shetty A; McLauchlin J; Grant K; O'Brien D; Howard T; Davies EM

    2009-08-01

    In May 2003, two adult patients in an oncology unit were diagnosed with listeriosis, and sandwiches consumed in the hospital were identified as a common risk factor. Both patients were infected by the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes. Sandwiches collected from the hospital and external sandwich producer, as well as sites within the manufacturing environment, were contaminated by the same strain of L. monocytogenes. Sandwiches consumed in other hospitals have been associated with small clusters of listeriosis patients in the UK. This report describes the investigations following diagnosis of the two infections, and highlights a more general problem with sandwiches sold in hospitals.

  12. Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in an oncology unit associated with sandwiches consumed in hospital.

    PubMed

    Shetty, A; McLauchlin, J; Grant, K; O'Brien, D; Howard, T; Davies, E M

    2009-08-01

    In May 2003, two adult patients in an oncology unit were diagnosed with listeriosis, and sandwiches consumed in the hospital were identified as a common risk factor. Both patients were infected by the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes. Sandwiches collected from the hospital and external sandwich producer, as well as sites within the manufacturing environment, were contaminated by the same strain of L. monocytogenes. Sandwiches consumed in other hospitals have been associated with small clusters of listeriosis patients in the UK. This report describes the investigations following diagnosis of the two infections, and highlights a more general problem with sandwiches sold in hospitals. PMID:19278752

  13. High-performance ultraviolet photodetectors based on solution-grown ZnS nanobelts sandwiched between graphene layers.

    PubMed

    Kim, Yeonho; Kim, Sang Jin; Cho, Sung-Pyo; Hong, Byung Hee; Jang, Du-Jeon

    2015-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) light photodetectors constructed from solely inorganic semiconductors still remain unsatisfactory because of their low electrical performances. To overcome this limitation, the hybridization is one of the key approaches that have been recently adopted to enhance the photocurrent. High-performance UV photodetectors showing stable on-off switching and excellent spectral selectivity have been fabricated based on the hybrid structure of solution-grown ZnS nanobelts and CVD-grown graphene. Sandwiched structures and multilayer stacking strategies have been applied to expand effective junction between graphene and photoactive ZnS nanobelts. A multiply sandwich-structured photodetector of graphene/ZnS has shown a photocurrent of 0.115?mA under illumination of 1.2?mWcm(-2) in air at a bias of 1.0?V, which is higher 10(7) times than literature values. The multiple-sandwich structure of UV-light sensors with graphene having high conductivity, flexibility, and impermeability is suggested to be beneficial for the facile fabrication of UV photodetectors with extremely efficient performances. PMID:26197784

  14. High-performance ultraviolet photodetectors based on solution-grown ZnS nanobelts sandwiched between graphene layers

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    Kim, Yeonho; Kim, Sang Jin; Cho, Sung-Pyo; Hong, Byung Hee; Jang, Du-Jeon

    2015-07-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) light photodetectors constructed from solely inorganic semiconductors still remain unsatisfactory because of their low electrical performances. To overcome this limitation, the hybridization is one of the key approaches that have been recently adopted to enhance the photocurrent. High-performance UV photodetectors showing stable on-off switching and excellent spectral selectivity have been fabricated based on the hybrid structure of solution-grown ZnS nanobelts and CVD-grown graphene. Sandwiched structures and multilayer stacking strategies have been applied to expand effective junction between graphene and photoactive ZnS nanobelts. A multiply sandwich-structured photodetector of graphene/ZnS has shown a photocurrent of 0.115?mA under illumination of 1.2?mWcm-2 in air at a bias of 1.0?V, which is higher 107 times than literature values. The multiple-sandwich structure of UV-light sensors with graphene having high conductivity, flexibility, and impermeability is suggested to be beneficial for the facile fabrication of UV photodetectors with extremely efficient performances.

  15. High-performance ultraviolet photodetectors based on solution-grown ZnS nanobelts sandwiched between graphene layers

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Yeonho; Kim, Sang Jin; Cho, Sung-Pyo; Hong, Byung Hee; Jang, Du-Jeon

    2015-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) light photodetectors constructed from solely inorganic semiconductors still remain unsatisfactory because of their low electrical performances. To overcome this limitation, the hybridization is one of the key approaches that have been recently adopted to enhance the photocurrent. High-performance UV photodetectors showing stable on-off switching and excellent spectral selectivity have been fabricated based on the hybrid structure of solution-grown ZnS nanobelts and CVD-grown graphene. Sandwiched structures and multilayer stacking strategies have been applied to expand effective junction between graphene and photoactive ZnS nanobelts. A multiply sandwich-structured photodetector of graphene/ZnS has shown a photocurrent of 0.115?mA under illumination of 1.2?mWcm?2 in air at a bias of 1.0?V, which is higher 107 times than literature values. The multiple-sandwich structure of UV-light sensors with graphene having high conductivity, flexibility, and impermeability is suggested to be beneficial for the facile fabrication of UV photodetectors with extremely efficient performances. PMID:26197784

  16. Compressive and shear buckling analysis of metal matrix composite sandwich panels under different thermal environments

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    Ko, W.L.; Jackson, R.H.

    1993-06-01

    Combined inplane compressive and shear buckling analysis was conducted on flat rectangular sandwich panels using the Raleigh-Ritz minimum energy method with a consideration of transverse shear effect of the sandwich core. The sandwich panels were fabricated with titanium honeycomb core and laminated metal matrix composite face sheets. The results show that slightly slender (along unidirectional compressive loading axis) rectangular sandwich panels have the most desirable stiffness-to-weight ratios for aerospace structural applications; the degradation of buckling strength of sandwich panels with rising temperature is faster in shear than in compression; and the fiber orientation of the face sheets for optimum combined-load buckling strength of sandwich panels is a strong function of both loading condition and panel aspect ratio. Under the same specific weight and panel aspect ratio, a sandwich panel with metal matrix composite face sheets has much higher buckling strength than one having monolithic face sheets.

  17. Compressive and shear buckling analysis of metal matrix composite sandwich panels under different thermal environments

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    Ko, William L.; Jackson, Raymond H.

    1993-01-01

    Combined inplane compressive and shear buckling analysis was conducted on flat rectangular sandwich panels using the Raleigh-Ritz minimum energy method with a consideration of transverse shear effect of the sandwich core. The sandwich panels were fabricated with titanium honeycomb core and laminated metal matrix composite face sheets. The results show that slightly slender (along unidirectional compressive loading axis) rectangular sandwich panels have the most desirable stiffness-to-weight ratios for aerospace structural applications; the degradation of buckling strength of sandwich panels with rising temperature is faster in shear than in compression; and the fiber orientation of the face sheets for optimum combined-load buckling strength of sandwich panels is a strong function of both loading condition and panel aspect ratio. Under the same specific weight and panel aspect ratio, a sandwich panel with metal matrix composite face sheets has much higher buckling strength than one having monolithic face sheets.

  18. A novel self-assembled sandwich nanomedicine for NIR-responsive release of NO.

    PubMed

    Fan, Jing; He, Nongyue; He, Qianjun; Liu, Yi; Ma, Ying; Fu, Xiao; Liu, Yijing; Huang, Peng; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2015-12-21

    A novel sandwich nanomedicine (GO-BNN6) for near-infrared (NIR) light responsive release of nitric oxide (NO) has been constructed by self-assembly of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and a NO donor BNN6 through the ?-? stacking interaction. The GO-BNN6 nanomedicine has an extraordinarily high drug loading capacity (1.2 mg BNN6 per mg GO), good thermal stability, and high NIR responsiveness. The NO release from GO-BNN6 can be easily triggered and effectively controlled by adjusting the switching, irradiation time and power density of NIR laser. The intracellular NIR-responsive release of NO from the GO-BNN6 nanomedicine causes a remarkable anti-cancer effect. PMID:26568270

  19. Novel self-assembled sandwich nanomedicine for NIR-responsive release of NO

    PubMed Central

    Fan, Jing; He, Qianjun; Liu, Yi; Ma, Ying; Fu, Xiao; Liu, Yijing; Huang, Peng; He, Nongyue; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2015-01-01

    A novel sandwich nanomedicine (GO-BNN6) for near-infrared (NIR) light responsive release of nitric oxide (NO) has been constructed by self-assembling of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and a NO donor BNN6 through the π-π stacking interaction. GO-BNN6 nanomedicine has an extraordinarily high drug loading capacity (1.2 mg BNN6 per mg GO), good thermal stability, and high NIR responsiveness. The NO release from GO-BNN6 can be easily triggered and effectively controlled by adjusting the switching, irradiation time and power density of NIR laser. The intracellular NIR-responsive release of NO from GO-BNN6 nanomedicine causes a remarkable anti-cancer effect. PMID:26568270

  20. A three-node C deg element for analysis of laminated composite sandwich shells

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    Martin, C. Wayne; Lung, S. F.; Gupta, K. K.

    1989-01-01

    A three-node flat shell element with C deg rotation fields has been developed for analysis of arbitrary composite shells. The element may consist of any number of orthotropic layers, each layer having different material properties and angular orientation. The formulation includes coupling between bending and extension, which is essential for analysis of unsymmetric laminates. Shearing deflections are included, since laminated and sandwich construction frequently results in shear stiffness much smaller than bending stiffness. Formulation of the element is straightforward, and calculation of its stiffness matrix is simple and fast. Convergence of solutions with mesh refinement is uniform for both thin and thick shells and is insensitive to element shape, although not as rapid as some other elements that lack one or more capabilities of the newly developed element. An experimental verification of the shall element is reported in the appendix.

  1. A novel self-assembled sandwich nanomedicine for NIR-responsive release of NO

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    Fan, Jing; He, Nongyue; He, Qianjun; Liu, Yi; Ma, Ying; Fu, Xiao; Liu, Yijing; Huang, Peng; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2015-11-01

    A novel sandwich nanomedicine (GO-BNN6) for near-infrared (NIR) light responsive release of nitric oxide (NO) has been constructed by self-assembly of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and a NO donor BNN6 through the ?-? stacking interaction. The GO-BNN6 nanomedicine has an extraordinarily high drug loading capacity (1.2 mg BNN6 per mg GO), good thermal stability, and high NIR responsiveness. The NO release from GO-BNN6 can be easily triggered and effectively controlled by adjusting the switching, irradiation time and power density of NIR laser. The intracellular NIR-responsive release of NO from the GO-BNN6 nanomedicine causes a remarkable anti-cancer effect.A novel sandwich nanomedicine (GO-BNN6) for near-infrared (NIR) light responsive release of nitric oxide (NO) has been constructed by self-assembly of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and a NO donor BNN6 through the ?-? stacking interaction. The GO-BNN6 nanomedicine has an extraordinarily high drug loading capacity (1.2 mg BNN6 per mg GO), good thermal stability, and high NIR responsiveness. The NO release from GO-BNN6 can be easily triggered and effectively controlled by adjusting the switching, irradiation time and power density of NIR laser. The intracellular NIR-responsive release of NO from the GO-BNN6 nanomedicine causes a remarkable anti-cancer effect. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: NMR and MS data of BNN6, stability of GO-BNN6, NIR-responsibility comparison of BNN6 and GO-BNN6, and NMR spectrum of RBSP. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06630a

  2. Metal/dielectric/metal sandwich film for broadband reflection reduction

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    Jen, Yi-Jun; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh; Lin, Meng-Jie; Wang, Wei-Hao; Wu, Huang-Ming; Liao, Hung-Sheng

    2013-04-01

    A film comprising randomly distributed metal/dielectric/metal sandwich nanopillars with a distribution of cross-sectional diameters, displayed extremely low reflectance over the blue-to-red regime, when coated on glass and illuminated normally. When it is illuminated by normally incident light, this sandwich film (SWF) has a low extinction coefficient, its phase thickness is close to a negative wavelength in the blue-to-red spectral regime, and it provides weakly dispersive forward and backward impedances, so that reflected waves from the two faces of the SWF interfere destructively. Broadband reflection-reduction, over a wide range of incidence angles and regardless of the polarization state of the incident light, was observed when the SWF was deposited on polished silicon.

  3. Metal/dielectric/metal sandwich film for broadband reflection reduction.

    PubMed

    Jen, Yi-Jun; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh; Lin, Meng-Jie; Wang, Wei-Hao; Wu, Huang-Ming; Liao, Hung-Sheng

    2013-01-01

    A film comprising randomly distributed metal/dielectric/metal sandwich nanopillars with a distribution of cross-sectional diameters, displayed extremely low reflectance over the blue-to-red regime, when coated on glass and illuminated normally. When it is illuminated by normally incident light, this sandwich film (SWF) has a low extinction coefficient, its phase thickness is close to a negative wavelength in the blue-to-red spectral regime, and it provides weakly dispersive forward and backward impedances, so that reflected waves from the two faces of the SWF interfere destructively. Broadband reflection-reduction, over a wide range of incidence angles and regardless of the polarization state of the incident light, was observed when the SWF was deposited on polished silicon. PMID:23591704

  4. Development of lightweight graphite/polyimide sandwich panels.

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    Poesch, J. G.

    1972-01-01

    Lightweight graphite/polyimide composite honeycomb core and sandwich panels were fabricated and tested. Honeycomb cores of 1/4-in. and 3/8-in. cell sizes of hexagonal configuration were produced from thin plus or minus 45 deg cross plied sheets of prepreg producing core weights between 1.8 and 3.6 lb/cu ft. Thin gauge prepreg using Hercules graphite tow and Monsanto Skybond 710 polyimide resin were manufactured to produce cured ply thicknesses of 0.001 to 0.002 in. Graphite core properties measured at temperatures from -150 to 600 F are reported. Core properties which are superior to available materials were obtained. Sandwich panels weighing less than 0.5 lb/sq ft were designed and fabricated which meet the support structure loads for the shuttle orbiter thermal protection system.

  5. Bismaleimide resins for flame resistant honeycomb sandwich panels

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    Stenzenberger, H. D.

    1978-01-01

    Bismaleimide resins are prime candidates for nonflammable aircraft interior panels. Three resin types with different structures and processing characteristics were formulated. Resin M 751 was used to fabricate 100 kg of glass fabric prepregs which were used for the preparation of face sheets for honeycomb sandwich panels. Prepreg characteristics and curing cycles for laminate fabrication are provided. In order to advance beyond the current solvent resin technology for fibre and fabric impregnation, a hot melt solvent-less resin system was prepared and characterized. Preliminary tests were performed to develop a wet bonding process for the fabrication of advanced sandwich honeycomb panels by use of polybismaleimide glass fabric face sheets and polybismaleimide Nomex honeycomb core. B-stage material was used for both the core and the face sheet, providing flatwise tensile properties equivalent to those obtained by the state-of-the-art 3-step process which includes an epoxy adhesive resin.

  6. Vibration Characteristics of Partially Covered Double-Sandwich Cantilever Beam

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    Chen, Qinghua; Levy, Cesar

    1996-01-01

    The differential equations of motion together with the boundary conditions for a partially covered, double-sandwich cantilever beam are derived. Bending and extension, rotational and longitudinal inertia of damping layers, and shear deformation and rotational and longitudinal inertia of the constraining layers and the primary beam are included in the equations. The theory is applicable for long as well as short, soft, or stiff damping layer, double-sandwich beams. Also, the effects of different parameters on the system loss factor and resonance frequency are discussed. Differences are found to exist with the previous beam model (called the Euler beam model) when the damping layers are stiff, when the thickness of the damping layer is large compared to the primary-beam thickness, and in the case of higher modes of vibration.

  7. Automated fringe analysis in diffusivity measurements by sandwich holography

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    Paoletti, Domenica; Schirripa Spagnolo, Giuseppe; Laurenti, Lucio; Ponticiello, Antonio

    1992-09-01

    An image processing system to analyze interference patterns, related to the measurement of diffusion coefficient of liquid binary mixtures by sandwich holography, is proposed. Basic image processing tools are used and a specific software has been developed to perform an automated analysis of interferometric data. An example of application of this electrooptical method to the measurement of the diffusion coefficient of LiBr is reported. On propose un systme de traitement d'images pour analyser des modles d'interfrence par rapport la mesure du coefficient de diffusion des mlanges liquides binaires, obtenue suivant la technique de l'holographie sandwich. Les appareils et les outils utiliss sont standard tandis que le logiciel spcifique pour l'analyse automatique des donnes interfromtriques acquises a t dvelopp ad hoc. Un exemple d'application de cette mthode lectro-optique a regard la mesure du coefficient de diffusion du LiBr.

  8. Moisture Ingression In Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels: Directional Aspects

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    Cise, D. M.; Lakes, R. S.

    1997-01-01

    Moisture ingression was studied in several composite sandwich panels.No observable ingression was found in a panel with HRP core of density 0.13 g/cc (8.0 lb/ft'). Significant moisture ingression occurred in a panel with Korex 3.0-lb core with density 0,048 g/cc, (3.0 lb/cu ft). It was as faster in the Y-axis (core ribbon) direction, per unit distance than in other directions.

  9. Design of highly damage-tolerant sandwich panels

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    Hiel, Clement; Ishai, Ori

    The effects of different fabrication procedures to increase the damage tolerance of sandwich panels were studied. Baseline panels consisted of a 25.4 mm premolded core, surfaced with 177 C cure film adhesive and carbon-bismaleimide prepreg which were subsequently cocured onto the core. It was found that panels with a prefabricated skin, which was subsequently bonded onto the core with room temperature cure adhesive, showed greatly increased damage tolerance.

  10. Making Three-Layer Solid Electrolyte/Electrode Sandwiches

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    Schroeder, James E.

    1991-01-01

    Tape-casting-and-sintering process joins two ceramic materials having widely different sintering temperatures into integral sandwich structure. Layers retain their identities, without migration of constituents. Used to make three-layer structure composed of outer porous layers of strontium-doped lanthanum manganite and inner dense layer of yttria-stabilized zirconia. Structures used to make electrolytic and fuels cells with solid electrolytes for use at high temperatures. Other potential applications include oxygen pumps and oxygen sensors.

  11. Star cell type core configuration for structural sandwich materials

    DOEpatents

    Christensen, R.M.

    1995-08-01

    A new pattern for cellular core material used in sandwich type structural materials is disclosed. The new pattern involves star shaped cells intermixed with hexagonal shaped cells. The new patterned cellular core material includes star shaped cells interconnected at points thereof and having hexagonal shape cells positioned adjacent the star points. The new pattern allows more flexibility and can conform more easily to curved shapes. 3 figs.

  12. Sandwich-like Microenvironments to Harness Cell/Material Interactions.

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    Ballester-Beltrán, José; Lebourg, Myriam; Salmerón-Sánchez, Manuel

    2015-01-01

    Cell culture has been traditionally carried out on bi-dimensional (2D) substrates where cells adhere using ventral receptors to the biomaterial surface. However in vivo, most of the cells are completely surrounded by the extracellular matrix (ECM), resulting in a three-dimensional (3D) distribution of receptors. This may trigger differences in the outside-in signaling pathways and thus in cell behavior. This article shows that stimulating the dorsal receptors of cells already adhered to a 2D substrate by overlaying a film of a new material (a sandwich-like culture) triggers important changes with respect to standard 2D cultures. Furthermore, the simultaneous excitation of ventral and dorsal receptors shifts cell behavior closer to that found in 3D environments. Additionally, due to the nature of the system, a sandwich-like culture is a versatile tool that allows the study of different parameters in cell/material interactions, e.g., topography, stiffness and different protein coatings at both the ventral and dorsal sides. Finally, since sandwich-like cultures are based on 2D substrates, several analysis procedures already developed for standard 2D cultures can be used normally, overcoming more complex procedures needed for 3D systems. PMID:26274867

  13. Size Effects in Impact Damage of Composite Sandwich Panels

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    Dobyns, Alan; Jackson, Wade

    2003-01-01

    Panel size has a large effect on the impact response and resultant damage level of honeycomb sandwich panels. It has been observed during impact testing that panels of the same design but different panel sizes will show large differences in damage when impacted with the same impact energy. To study this effect, a test program was conducted with instrumented impact testing of three different sizes of sandwich panels to obtain data on panel response and residual damage. In concert with the test program. a closed form analysis method was developed that incorporates the effects of damage on the impact response. This analysis method will predict both the impact response and the residual damage of a simply-supported sandwich panel impacted at any position on the panel. The damage is incorporated by the use of an experimental load-indentation curve obtained for the face-sheet/honeycomb and indentor combination under study. This curve inherently includes the damage response and can be obtained quasi-statically from a rigidly-backed specimen or a specimen with any support conditions. Good correlation has been obtained between the test data and the analysis results for the maximum force and residual indentation. The predictions can be improved by using a dynamic indentation curve. Analyses have also been done using the MSC/DYTRAN finite element code.

  14. Hypervelocity Impact Evaluation of Metal Foam Core Sandwich Structures

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    Yasensky, John; Christiansen, Eric L.

    2007-01-01

    A series of hypervelocity impact (HVI) tests were conducted by the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Hypervelocity Impact Technology Facility (HITF) [1], building 267 (Houston, Texas) between January 2003 and December 2005 to test the HVI performance of metal foams, as compared to the metal honeycomb panels currently in service. The HITF testing was conducted at the NASA JSC White Sands Testing Facility (WSTF) at Las Cruces, New Mexico. Eric L. Christiansen, Ph.D., and NASA Lead for Micro-Meteoroid Orbital Debris (MMOD) Protection requested these hypervelocity impact tests as part of shielding research conducted for the JSC Center Director Discretionary Fund (CDDF) project. The structure tested is a metal foam sandwich structure; a metal foam core between two metal facesheets. Aluminum and Titanium metals were tested for foam sandwich and honeycomb sandwich structures. Aluminum honeycomb core material is currently used in Orbiter Vehicle (OV) radiator panels and in other places in space structures. It has many desirable characteristics and performs well by many measures, especially when normalized by density. Aluminum honeycomb does not perform well in Hypervelocity Impact (HVI) Testing. This is a concern, as honeycomb panels are often exposed to space environments, and take on the role of Micrometeoroid / Orbital Debris (MMOD) shielding. Therefore, information on possible replacement core materials which perform adequately in all necessary functions of the material would be useful. In this report, HVI data is gathered for these two core materials in certain configurations and compared to gain understanding of the metal foam HVI performance.

  15. Sandwiched Rényi divergence satisfies data processing inequality

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    Beigi, Salman

    2013-12-01

    Sandwiched (quantum) α-Rényi divergence has been recently defined in the independent works of Wilde et al. ["Strong converse for the classical capacity of entanglement-breaking channels," preprint arXiv:1306.1586 (2013)] and Müller-Lennert et al. ["On quantum Rényi entropies: a new definition, some properties and several conjectures," preprint arXiv:1306.3142v1 (2013)]. This new quantum divergence has already found applications in quantum information theory. Here we further investigate properties of this new quantum divergence. In particular, we show that sandwiched α-Rényi divergence satisfies the data processing inequality for all values of α > 1. Moreover we prove that α-Holevo information, a variant of Holevo information defined in terms of sandwiched α-Rényi divergence, is super-additive. Our results are based on Hölder's inequality, the Riesz-Thorin theorem and ideas from the theory of complex interpolation. We also employ Sion's minimax theorem.

  16. Novel MRE/CFRP sandwich structures for adaptive vibration control

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    Kozlowska, J.; Boczkowska, A.; Czulak, A.; Przybyszewski, B.; Holeczek, K.; Stanik, R.; Gude, M.

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this work was the development of sandwich structures formed by embedding magnetorheological elastomers (MRE) between constrained layers of carbon fibre–reinforced plastic (CFRP) laminates. The MREs were obtained by mechanical stirring of a reactive mixture of substrates with carbonyl-iron particles, followed by orienting the particles into chains under an external magnetic field. Samples with particle volume fractions of 11.5% and 33% were examined. The CFRP/MRE sandwich structures were obtained by compressing MREs samples between two CFRP laminates composed. The used A.S.SET resin was in powder form and the curing process was carried out during pressing with MRE. The microstructure of the manufactured sandwich beams was inspected using SEM. Moreover, the rheological and damping properties of the examined materials with and without a magnetic field were experimentally investigated. In addition, the free vibration responses of the adaptive three-layered MR beams were studied at different fixed magnetic field levels. The free vibration tests revealed that an applied non-homogeneous magnetic field causes a shift in natural frequency values and a reduction in the vibration amplitudes of the CFRP/MRE adaptive beams. The reduction in vibration amplitude was attributed mainly to the stiffening effect of the MRE core and only a minor contribution was made by the enhanced damping capacity, which was evidenced by the variation in damping ratio values.

  17. Development of aircraft lavatory compartments with improved fire resistance characteristics. Phase 2: Sandwich panel resin system development

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    Anderson, R. A.; Arnold, D. B.; Johnson, G. A.

    1979-01-01

    A NASA-funded program is described which aims to develop a resin system for use in the construction of lavatory wall panels, sidewall panels, and ceiling panels possessing flammability, smoke and gas emission, and toxicity (FS&T) characteristics superior to the existing epoxy resin. Candidate resins studied were phenolic, polyimide, and bismaleimide. Based on the results of a series of FS&T as well as mechanical and aesthetic property tests, a phenolic resin was chosen as the superior material. Material and process specifications covering the phenolic resin based materials were prepared and a method of rating sandwich panel performance was developed.

  18. Data characterizing compressive properties of Al/Al2O3 syntactic foam core metal matrix sandwich

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    Omar, Mohammed Yaseer; Xiang, Chongchen; Gupta, Nikhil; Strbik, Oliver M.; Cho, Kyu

    2015-01-01

    Microstructural observations and compressive property datasets of metal matrix syntactic foam core sandwich composite at quasi-static and high strain rate (HSR) conditions (525–845 s−1) are provided. The data supplied in this article includes sample preparation procedure prior to scanning electron and optical microscopy as well as the micrographs. The data used to construct the stress–strain curves and the derived compressive properties of all specimens in both quasi-static and HSR regions are included. Videos of quasi-static compressive failure and that obtained by a high speed image acquisition system during deformation and failure of HSR specimen are also included. PMID:26587558

  19. Data characterizing compressive properties of Al/Al2O3 syntactic foam core metal matrix sandwich.

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    Omar, Mohammed Yaseer; Xiang, Chongchen; Gupta, Nikhil; Strbik, Oliver M; Cho, Kyu

    2015-12-01

    Microstructural observations and compressive property datasets of metal matrix syntactic foam core sandwich composite at quasi-static and high strain rate (HSR) conditions (525-845 s(-1)) are provided. The data supplied in this article includes sample preparation procedure prior to scanning electron and optical microscopy as well as the micrographs. The data used to construct the stress-strain curves and the derived compressive properties of all specimens in both quasi-static and HSR regions are included. Videos of quasi-static compressive failure and that obtained by a high speed image acquisition system during deformation and failure of HSR specimen are also included. PMID:26587558

  20. An air-stable half-sandwich Ru(II) complex as an efficient catalyst for [3+2] annulation of 2-arylcyclo-2-enones with alkynes.

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    Zhao, Yinsong; He, Zhen; Li, Shiqing; Tang, Junbin; Gao, Ge; Lan, Jingbo; You, Jingsong

    2016-03-17

    An air-stable half-sandwich ruthenium(II) complex, [Ru(p-cymene)(MeCN)3](SbF6)2, was synthesized and characterized. It exhibited unique catalytic ability in a [3+2] annulation reaction of 2-arylcyclo-2-enones with internal alkynes via C(sp(2))-H/alkene functionalization, which offered a rapid and atom-economical methodology to construct various synthetically challenging spiro carbocyclic indenes bearing a quaternary carbon. PMID:26795377

  1. Vibration Characteristics Determined for Stainless Steel Sandwich Panels With a Metal Foam Core for Lightweight Fan Blade Design

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    Ghosn, Louis J.; Min, James B.; Raj, Sai V.; Lerch, Bradley A.; Holland, Frederic A., Jr.

    2004-01-01

    The goal of this project at the NASA Glenn Research Center is to provide fan materials that are safer, weigh less, and cost less than the currently used titanium alloy or polymer matrix composite fans. The proposed material system is a sandwich fan construction made up of thin solid face sheets and a lightweight metal foam core. The stiffness of the sandwich structure is increased by separating the two face sheets by the foam layer. The resulting structure has a high stiffness and lighter weight in comparison to the solid facesheet material alone. The face sheets carry the applied in-plane and bending loads (ref. 1). The metal foam core must resist the transverse shear and transverse normal loads, as well as keep the facings supported and working as a single unit. Metal foams have ranges of mechanical properties, such as light weight, impact resistance, and vibration suppression (ref. 2), which makes them more suitable for use in lightweight fan structures. Metal foams have been available for decades (refs. 3 and 4), but the difficulties in the original processes and high costs have prevented their widespread use. However, advances in production techniques and cost reduction have created a new interest in this class of materials (ref. 5). The material chosen for the face sheet and the metal foam for this study was the aerospace-grade stainless steel 17-4PH. This steel was chosen because of its attractive mechanical properties and the ease with which it can be made through the powder metallurgy process (ref. 6). The advantages of a metal foam core, in comparison to a typical honeycomb core, are material isotropy and the ease of forming complex geometries, such as fan blades. A section of a 17-4PH sandwich structure is shown in the following photograph. Part of process of designing any blade is to determine the natural frequencies of the particular blade shape. A designer needs to predict the resonance frequencies of a new blade design to properly identify a useful operating range. Operating a blade at or near the resonance frequencies leads to high-cycle fatigue, which ultimately limits the blade's durability and life. So the aim of this study is to determine the variation of the resonance frequencies for an idealized sandwich blade as a function of its face-sheet thickness, core thickness, and foam density. The finite element method is used to determine the natural frequencies for an idealized rectangular sandwich blade. The proven Lanczos method (ref. 7) is used in the study to extract the natural frequency.

  2. Vibrational analysis of rectangular sandwich plates resting on some elastic point supports

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    Ichinomiya, Osamu; Maruyama, Koichi; Sekine, Kouji

    1995-11-01

    An approximate solution of forced-vibration for rectangular sandwich plate resting on some elastic point supports is presented. The sandwich plate has thin, anisotropic composite laminated faces and a thick orthotropic core. The simplified sandwich plate model is used in the analysis. The governing equation of elastically point supported rectangular sandwich plate is obtained by using the Lagrange equation. The steady state response solution to a sinusoidally varying point force is also derived. The response curves of rectangular sandwich plates having CFRP laminated faces and aluminum honeycomb core is calculated. Application examples illustrate the effects of laminate lay-up of face sheets, core material properties and core thickness ratio on the vibration characteristics of rectangular sandwich plate.

  3. Lightweight composites for modular panelized construction

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    Vaidya, Amol S.

    Rapid advances in construction materials technology have enabled civil engineers to achieve impressive gains in the safety, economy, and functionality of structures built to serve the common needs of society. Modular building systems is a fast-growing modern, form of construction gaining recognition for its increased efficiency and ability to apply modern technology to the needs of the market place. In the modular construction technique, a single structural panel can perform a number of functions such as providing thermal insulation, vibration damping, and structural strength. These multifunctional panels can be prefabricated in a manufacturing facility and then transferred to the construction site. A system that uses prefabricated panels for construction is called a "panelized construction system". This study focuses on the development of pre-cast, lightweight, multifunctional sandwich composite panels to be used for panelized construction. Two thermoplastic composite panels are proposed in this study, namely Composite Structural Insulated Panels (CSIPs) for exterior walls, floors and roofs, and Open Core Sandwich composite for multifunctional interior walls of a structure. Special manufacturing techniques are developed for manufacturing these panels. The structural behavior of these panels is analyzed based on various building design codes. Detailed descriptions of the design, cost analysis, manufacturing, finite element modeling and structural testing of these proposed panels are included in this study in the of form five peer-reviewed journal articles. The structural testing of the proposed panels involved in this study included flexural testing, axial compression testing, and low and high velocity impact testing. Based on the current study, the proposed CSIP wall and floor panels were found satisfactory, based on building design codes ASCE-7-05 and ACI-318-05. Joining techniques are proposed in this study for connecting the precast panels on the construction site. Keywords: Modular panelized construction, sandwich composites, composite structural insulated panels (CSIPs).

  4. Energy absorption capabilities of composite sandwich panels under blast loads

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    Sankar Ray, Tirtha

    As blast threats on military and civilian structures continue to be a significant concern, there remains a need for improved design strategies to increase blast resistance capabilities. The approach to blast resistance proposed here is focused on dissipating the high levels of pressure induced during a blast through maximizing the potential for energy absorption of composite sandwich panels, which are a competitive structural member type due to the inherent energy absorption capabilities of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. Furthermore, the middle core in the sandwich panels can be designed as a sacrificial layer allowing for a significant amount of deformation or progressive failure to maximize the potential for energy absorption. The research here is aimed at the optimization of composite sandwich panels for blast mitigation via energy absorption mechanisms. The energy absorption mechanisms considered include absorbed strain energy due to inelastic deformation as well as energy dissipation through progressive failure of the core of the sandwich panels. The methods employed in the research consist of a combination of experimentally-validated finite element analysis (FEA) and the derivation and use of a simplified analytical model. The key components of the scope of work then includes: establishment of quantified energy absorption criteria, validation of the selected FE modeling techniques, development of the simplified analytical model, investigation of influential core architectures and geometric parameters, and investigation of influential material properties. For the parameters that are identified as being most-influential, recommended values for these parameters are suggested in conceptual terms that are conducive to designing composite sandwich panels for various blast threats. Based on reviewing the energy response characteristic of the panel under blast loading, a non-dimensional parameter AET/ ET (absorbed energy, AET, normalized by total energy, ET) was suggested to compare energy absorption capabilities of the structures under blast loading. In addition, AEweb/ET (where AEweb is the energy absorbed by the middle core) was also employed to evaluate the energy absorption contribution from the web. Taking advantage of FEA and the simplified analytical model, the influences of material properties as well as core architectures and geometries on energy absorption capabilities (quantified by AET/ ET and AEweb/E T) were investigated through parametric studies. Results from the material property investigation indicated that density of the front face sheet and strength were most influential on the energy absorption capability of the composite sandwich panels under blast loading. The study to investigate the potential effectiveness of energy absorbed via inelastic deformation compared to energy absorbed via progressive failure indicated that for practical applications (where the position of bomb is usually unknown and the panel is designed to be the same anywhere), the energy absorption via inelastic deformation is the more efficient approach. Regarding the geometric optimization, it was found that a core architecture consisting of vertically-oriented webs was ideal. The optimum values for these parameters can be generally described as those which cause the most inelasticity, but not failure, of the face sheets and webs.

  5. Hail Ice Impact of Lightweight Composite Sandwich Panels

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    Luong, Sean Dustin

    There is a growing demand for the usage of composite sandwich structures in the aircraft industry. Aircraft may suffer damage from a variety of impact sources such as ground service equipment, runway debris, bird strike, or hail ice. The damage response of hail ice impacts on composite sandwich structures is not well understood and they can often result in core damage without visually detectable surface damage. This seed damage may grow and lead to large-scale failure of the structure through repetitive operational loading, such as ground-air-ground cycles of aircraft (causes core internal pressurization). Therefore, it is necessary to understand the types of damage that can occur as a result of impacts. This study explores the effect of high velocity hail ice impact on damage formation in lightweight composite sandwich panels, particularly at a level that produces barely visible external damage. Panels consisting of two different facesheet thicknesses (1.19 and 1.87 mm) were impacted at angles of 25, 40, and 90 degrees at speeds of 25 and 50 m/s. The tests revealed three different core damage modes. Any level of measurable surface damage was an indicator of the presence of internal core damage, but internal damage could also be present without measurable surface damage. Thus, visual inspection alone was not a reliable method of damage detection. No clear relationship was found between impact energy levels and internal damage state since, for example, both 83 and 20.5 J tests produced core fracture, while a 16 J test did not produce any core damage. All core damage occurred at a depth of 3-5 mm from the impact-side facesheet.

  6. Low Velocity Blunt Impact on Lightweight Composite Sandwich Panels

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    Chan, Monica Kar

    There is an increased desire to incorporate more composite sandwich structures into modern aircrafts. Because in-service aircrafts routinely experience impact damage during maintenance due to ground vehicle collision, dropped equipment, or foreign object damage (FOD) impact, it is necessary to understand their impact characteristics, particularly when blunt impact sources create internal damage with little or no external visibility. The objective of this investigation is to explore damage formation in lightweight composite sandwich panels due to low-velocity impacts of variable tip radius and energy level. The correlation between barely visible external dent formation and internal core damage was explored as a function of impact tip radius. A pendulum impactor was used to impact composite sandwich panels having honeycomb core while held in a 165 mm square window fixture. The panels were impacted by hardened steel tips with radii of 12.7, 25.4, 50.8, and 76.2 mm at energy levels ranging from 2 to 14 J. Experimental data showed little dependence of external dent depth on tip radius at very low energies of 2 to 6 J, and thus, there was also little variation in visibility due to tip radius. Four modes of internal core damage were identified. Internal damage span and depth were dependent on impact tip radius. Damage depth was also radius-dependent, but stabilized at constant depth independent of kinetic energy. Internal damage span increased with increasing impact energy, but not with increasing tip radius, suggesting a relationship between maximum damage tip radius with core density/size.

  7. Experimental evaluation of two 36 inch by 47 inch graphite/epoxy sandwich shear webs

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    Bush, H. G.

    1975-01-01

    The design is described and test of two large (36 in. x 47 in.) graphite/epoxy sandwich shear webs. One sandwich web was designed to exhibit strength failure of the facings at a shear load of 7638 lbs/in., which is a characteristic loading for the space shuttle orbiter main engine thrust beam structure. The second sandwich web was designed to exhibit general instability failure at a shear load of 5000 lbs/in., to identify problem areas of stability critical sandwich webs and to assess the adequacy of contemporary analysis techniques.

  8. Numerical Simulation On Dynamic Indentation Behavior of Sandwich Plates With Aluminum Foam Cores

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    Zhang, H.; Huang, X. Q.; Tang, L. Q.

    2010-05-01

    Dynamic indentation behavior of sandwich plates with aluminum alloy skins and aluminum foam cores has been simulated by using LS-DYNA. The simulation results were compared with the experimental data in each specimen group for validating the effectiveness and reliability of the FEM model. The numerical simulation results were discussed and several typical failure modes were summarized. An evaluation approach of energy-absorbing ability was proposed based on the deformation mechanism of the sandwich plates. The energy-absorbing ability varied with different structural geometry parameters of sandwich plates was evaluated, which revealed that the energy-absorbing ability of sandwich plates was sensitive to structural geometry parameters.

  9. Damping Properties of Sandwich Truss Core Structures by Strain Energy Method

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    Wesolowski, M.; Rucevskis, S.; Janeliukstis, R.; Polanski, M.

    2015-11-01

    Sandwich panel structures with stiff face sheets and cellular cores are widely used to support dynamic loads. Combining face sheets made of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRPs) with an aluminium pyramidal truss improves the damping performance of the structure due to viscoelastic character of CRFP composites. To predict the damping characteristics of the pyramidal truss core sandwich panel the strain energy method is adopted. The procedure for evaluating the damping of the sandwich panel was performed using commercial finite element software NASTRAN and MATLAB. Non-contact vibration tests were performed on the real sandwich panels in order to extract the modal characteristics and compare them with the numerical predictions.

  10. Combined-load buckling behavior of metal-matrix composite sandwich panels under different thermal environments

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    Ko, William L.; Jackson, Raymond H.

    1991-01-01

    Combined compressive and shear buckling analysis was conducted on flat rectangular sandwich panels with the consideration of transverse shear effects of the core. The sandwich panel is fabricated with titanium honeycomb core and laminated metal matrix composite face sheets. The results show that the square panel has the highest combined load buckling strength, and that the buckling strength decreases sharply with the increases of both temperature and panel aspect ratio. The effect of layup (fiber orientation) on the buckling strength of the panels was studied in detail. The metal matrix composite sandwich panel was much more efficient than the sandwich panel with nonreinforced face sheets and had the same specific weight.

  11. Deformation and fracture of impulsively loaded sandwich panels

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    Wadley, H. N. G.; Brvik, T.; Olovsson, L.; Wetzel, J. J.; Dharmasena, K. P.; Hopperstad, O. S.; Deshpande, V. S.; Hutchinson, J. W.

    2013-02-01

    Light metal sandwich panel structures with cellular cores have attracted interest for multifunctional applications which exploit their high bend strength and impact energy absorption. This concept has been explored here using a model 6061-T6 aluminum alloy system fabricated by friction stir weld joining extruded sandwich panels with a triangular corrugated core. Micro-hardness and miniature tensile coupon testing revealed that friction stir welding reduced the strength and ductility in the welds and a narrow heat affected zone on either side of the weld by approximately 30%. Square, edge clamped sandwich panels and solid plates of equal mass per unit area were subjected to localized impulsive loading by the impact of explosively accelerated, water saturated, sand shells. The hydrodynamic load and impulse applied by the sand were gradually increased by reducing the stand-off distance between the test charge and panel surfaces. The sandwich panels suffered global bending and stretching, and localized core crushing. As the pressure applied by the sand increased, face sheet fracture by a combination of tensile stretching and shear-off occurred first at the two clamped edges of the panels that were parallel with the corrugation and weld direction. The plane of these fractures always lay within the heat affected zone of the longitudinal welds. For the most intensively loaded panels additional cracks occurred at the other clamped boundaries and in the center of the panel. To investigate the dynamic deformation and fracture processes, a particle-based method has been used to simulate the impulsive loading of the panels. This has been combined with a finite element analysis utilizing a modified Johnson-Cook constitutive relation and a Cockcroft-Latham fracture criterion that accounted for local variation in material properties. The fully coupled simulation approach enabled the relationships between the soil-explosive test charge design, panel geometry, spatially varying material properties and the panel's deformation and dynamic failure responses to be explored. This comprehensive study reveals the existence of a strong instability in the loading that results from changes in sand particle reflection during dynamic evolution of the panel's surface topology. Significant fluid-structure interaction effects are also discovered at the sample sides and corners due to changes of the sand reflection angle by the edge clamping system.

  12. Devices, systems, and methods for conducting sandwich assays using sedimentation

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    Schaff, Ulrich Y; Sommer, Gregory J; Singh, Anup K; Hatch, Anson V

    2015-02-03

    Embodiments of the present invention are directed toward devices, systems, and method for conducting sandwich assays using sedimentation. In one example, a method includes generating complexes on a plurality of beads in a fluid sample, individual ones of the complexes comprising a capture agent, a target analyte, and a labeling agent. The plurality of beads including the complexes may be transported through a density media, wherein the density media has a density lower than a density of the beads and higher than a density of the fluid sample, and wherein the transporting occurs, at least in part, by sedimentation. Signal may be detected from the labeling agents of the complexes.

  13. Adhesion characterization and defect sizing of sandwich honeycomb composites.

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    Ndiaye, Elhadji Barra; Marchal, Pierre; Duflo, Hugues

    2015-09-01

    Defects may appear in composite structures during their life cycle. A 10MHz 128 elements phased array transducer was investigated to characterize join bonds and defects in sandwich honeycomb composite structures. An adequate focal law throughout the composite skin gives the ultrasonic dispersive properties of the composite skin and glue layer behind. The resulting B-scan cartographies allow characterizing locally the honeycomb adhesion. Experimental measurements are compared in good agreement with the Debye Series Method (DSM). In the processed C-scan image, flaws are detectable and measurable, localized both in the scanning plane and in the thickness of the composite skin. PMID:26138595

  14. Measuring Core/Facesheet Bond Toughness in Honeycomb Sandwich Structures

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    Nettles, A. T.

    2006-01-01

    This study examines two test methods to evaluate the peel toughness of the skin to core debond of sandwich panels. The methods tested were the climbing drum (CD) peel test and the double cantilever beam (DCB) test. While the CD peel test is only intended for qualitative measurements, it is shown in this study that qualitative measurements can be performed and compare well with DCB test data. It is also shown that artificially stiffening the facesheets of a DCB specimen can cause the test to behave more like a flatwise tensile test than a peel test.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of a 1D chain-like Cu{sub 6} substituted sandwich-type phosphotungstate with pendant dinuclear Cuazido complexes

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    Li, Yan-Ying; Zhao, Jun-Wei; Wei, Qi; Yang, Bai-Feng; Yang, Guo-Yu

    2014-02-15

    A novel Cuazido complex modified hexa-Cu{sup II} substituted sandwich-type phosphotungstate [Cu(en){sub 2}]([Cu{sub 2}(en){sub 2}(?-1,1-N{sub 3}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)]{sub 2}[Cu{sub 6}(en){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(B-?-PW{sub 9}O{sub 34}){sub 2}])6H{sub 2}O (1) (en=ethylene-diamine) has been prepared under hydrothermal conditions and structurally characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectra, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. 1 displays a beautiful 1-D chain architecture constructed from sandwich-type [Cu{sub 2}(en){sub 2}(?-1,1-N{sub 3}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)]{sub 2}[Cu{sub 6}(en){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(B-?-PW{sub 9}O{sub 34}){sub 2}]{sup 2?} units and [Cu(en){sub 2}]{sup 2+} linkers. To our knowledge, 1 represents the first hexa-Cu{sup II} sandwiched phosphotungstate with supporting Cuazido complexes. - Graphical abstract: The first hexa-Cu{sup II} sandwiched phosphotungstate with supporting Cuazido complexes has been prepared and characterized. Display Omitted - Highlights: Hexa-copper-substituted phosphotungstate. Cuazido complexes modified hexa-Cu{sup II} substituted sandwich-type polyoxometalate. 1-D chain architecture built by hexa-copper-substituted polyoxotungstate units.

  16. Perforation of aluminium foam core sandwich panels under impact loading

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    Elnasri, I.; Zhao, H.; Girard, Y.

    2006-08-01

    This paper reports an original inverse perforation tests on foam core sandwich panels under impact loading. The key point is the use of an instrumented Hopkinson pressure bar as a perforator and at the same time a measuring device. It aims at a high quality piercing force record during the whole perforation process, which is a lack of common free-flying projectile - target testing schemes. This new testing arrangement allows for the measurement of piercing force-displacement curves under quasi-static and impact loadings of sandwich samples, which is made of 40 mm AlSi7Mg0.5 Cymat foam cores and 0.8 mm thick 2024 T3 aluminium sheet as top and bottom skins. Compared with quasi-static top skin peak loads (the maximal load before the perforation of top skins) obtained under same geometric and clamping conditions and even in the case that the used foam core (Cymat) and aluminium skin sheet are known and have been confirmed rate insensitive, a significant enhancement under impact loading (25%) of the top skin peak load is found.

  17. Dispersion of guided waves in composite laminates and sandwich panels

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    Schaal, Christoph; Mal, Ajit

    2015-03-01

    In composite structures, damages are often invisible from the surface and can grow to reach a critical size, potentially causing catastrophic failure of the entire structure. Thus safe operation of these structures requires careful monitoring of the initiation and growth of such defects. Ultrasonic methods using guided waves offer a reliable and cost-effective method for structural health monitoring in advanced structures. Guided waves allow for long monitoring ranges and are very sensitive to defects within their propagation path. In this work, the relevant properties of guided Lamb waves for damage detection in composite structures are investigated. An efficient numerical approach is used to determine their dispersion characteristics, and these results are compared to those from laboratory experiments. The experiments are based on a pitch-catch method, in which a pair of movable transducers is placed on one surface of the structure to induce and detect guided Lamb waves. The specific cases considered include an aluminum plate and an aluminum honeycomb sandwich panel with woven composite face sheets. In addition, a disbond of the interface between one of the face sheets and the honeycomb core of the sandwich panel is also considered, and the dispersion characteristics of the two resultant waveguides are determined. Good agreement between numerical and experimental dispersion results is found, and suggestions on the applicability of the pitch-catch system for structural health monitoring are made.

  18. Foam-injected sandwich panels with continuous-reinforced facings

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    Menrath, A.; Henning, F.; Huber, T.; Roch, A.; Riess, C.

    2014-05-01

    Thermoplastic foam injection molding (FIM) in combination with insert molding (IM) offers a possibility to generate sandwich panels in a one-step process. The prepared face sheets are first positioned inside the mold. A preheating process is carried out using quartz infrared emitters, which are mounted on a linear robot, before the mold is closed. The injection of the gas/melt mixture is combined with an embossing of the mold to further improve the face-core-adhesion. Finally, to initiate the foaming process, adjust the extent of foaming of the core and achieve the desired component dimensions, a mold opening stroke is carried out. The process described was performed with different facing materials, layer dimensions and overall wall thicknesses. Drawn PP fabrics (Curv) as well as PP/GF70 tapes and consolidated sheets (unidirectional) were used to generate sandwich panels in a range of 5 to 6.4 mm thickness. PP was also chosen to form the foamed core which, in combination with the Curv face sheets, produces a fully recyclable self-reinforced polymer (SRP) composite. Detailed process descriptions and the results of bending tests demonstrate the high potential. Other focuses are the preheating process and the foam structure.

  19. Mechanical behavior of Kenaf/Epoxy corrugated sandwich structures

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    Bakhori, S.; Hassan, M. Z.; Daud, Y.; Sarip, S.; Rahman, N.; Ismail, Z.; Aziz, S. A.

    2015-12-01

    This study presents the response of kenaf/epoxy corrugated sandwich structure during quasi-static test. Force-displacements curves have been deducted to determine the deformation pattern and collapse behavior of the structure. Kenaf/epoxy sandwich structures skins fabricated by using hand layup technique and the corrugated core were moulded by using steel mould. Different thicknesses of corrugated core web with two sizes of kenaf fibers were used. The corrugated core is then bonded with the skins by using poly-epoxy resin and has been cut into different number of cells. The specimens then tested under tensile and compression at different constant speeds until the specimens fully crushed. Tensile tests data showed the structure can be considered brittle when it breaking point strain, ? less than 0.025. In compression test, the specimens fail due to dominated by stress concentration that initiated by prior cracks. Also, the specimens with more number of cells and thicker core web have higher strength and the ability to absorb higher energy.

  20. Manufacturing aluminum sandwich structures by means of superplastic forming

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    Impioe, P.; Pimenoff, J.; Haenninen, H.; Heinaekari, M.

    2000-07-01

    The continued need for lightweight, yet inexpensive, manufacturing techniques in the transportation industry has lead to an increased interest in the use of sandwich structures. This paper examines the possibilities of manufacturing large-scale aluminum sandwich structures using superplastic forming. The materials tested were Mg-alloyed production quality aluminum (Al 5083-O, Al 5083-H321) and Aluminum 1561. Tensile tests at elevated temperatures were performed in order to establish the suitability of the test materials for superplastic forming. The microstructural changes in the test material specimens were examined. Thereafter numerical simulation of the Al 5083-O forming process was conducted based on the tensile test results. The numerical simulation results were subsequently used to estimate forming parameters and the feasibility of manufacturing large-scale structures by superplastic forming. The results indicate that higher strain can be reached at higher temperatures for the test materials. Aluminum alloy 1561 exhibited the largest elongation to fracture and Al 5083-H321 the smallest. Strain appeared to be temperature dependent but not much affected by the strain rate. Metallographic examination clarified that Al-5083-O and Al-5083-H321 showed susceptibility for cavity forming whereas Aluminum 1561 formed relatively few voids. The numerical simulation indicated that Al 5083-O can be superplastically formed using relatively low forming pressure (0.9--1.4 bar).

  1. Impact Delamination and Fracture in Aluminum/Acrylic Sandwich Plates

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    Liaw, Benjamin; Zeichner, Glenn; Liu, Yanxiong; Bowles, Kenneth J. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Impact-induced delamination and fracture in 6061-T6 aluminum/cast acrylic sandwich plates adhered by epoxy were generated in an instrumented drop-weight impact machine. Although only a small dent was produced on the aluminum side when a hemispherical penetrator tup was dropped onto it from a couple of inches, a large ring of delamination at the interface was observed. The delamination damage was often accompanied by severe shattering in the acrylic substratum. Damage patterns in the acrylic layer include radial and ring cracks and, together with delamination at the interface, may cause peeling-off of acrylic material from the sandwich plate. Theory of stress-wave propagation can be used to explain these damage patterns. The impact tests were conducted at various temperatures. The results also show clearly that temperature effect is very important in impact damage. For pure cast acrylic nil-ductile transition (NDT) occurs between 185-195 F. Excessive impact energy was dissipated into fracture energy when tested at temperature below this range or through plastic deformation when tested at temperature above the NDT temperature. Results from this study will be used as baseline data for studying fiber-metal laminates, such as GLARE and ARALL for advanced aeronautical and astronautical applications.

  2. Sandwich Composite, Syntactic Foam Core Based, Application for Space Structures

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    Hodge, Andrew J.; Kaul, Raj K.; McMahon, William M.; Reinarts, Thomas

    2000-01-01

    The current Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) launch vehicle has several metal based components that require a Thermal Protective System (TPS) be applied to the exterior surface to ensure its structural integrity and to protect the interior hardware from aerodynamic heating. TPS materials have distinct disadvantages associated with their use. One disadvantage to the application of TPS is that it can act as a debris source to the Space Shuttle Orbiter during flight and it also adds weight to the system without directly contributing any structural strength. One of the specific areas examined under this program was to replace a metal/TPS system with polymer based composites. A polymer matrix based sandwich composite was developed which had both structural and insulative properties to meet the high aerodynamic structural and heating load survival requirements. The SRB Nose Cap was selected as a candidate for this application. The sandwich system being qualified for this application is a carbon/epoxy outer and inner skin with a high strength-low thermal conductivity syntactic foam core.

  3. Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Inserts in Sandwich Structures

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    Bunyawanichakul, P.; Castanie, B.; Barrau, J.-J.

    2005-05-01

    In aeronautics, sandwich structures are widely used for secondary structures like flaps or landing gear doors. In the case of landing gear doors, the junction is made by a local reinforcement called an insert. This insert is made by a resin molded in the Nomex sandwich core. Such structures are still designed mainly using test results and the lack of an efficient numerical model remains a problem. The purpose of this study is on the one hand to perform experiments in order to be able to identify the failure modes and on the other hand to propose an efficient numerical model. Pull-out tests with cycling were conducted and 3D displacement measured by optical methods. The potential failure modes are numerous (delamination, local fiber breaking, skin/core debonding, core crushing, core shear buckling, potting failure, etc.). Experiments demonstrated that, for the lower loads, the non-linearity and the hysteresis are mainly due to core shear buckling. From this observation, the nonlinear behavior of the core is identified by a 3 point-bending test. The shear-modulus damage law is then implemented on a non-linear finite element model and an acceptable correlation of the tests is achieved. As a consequence, some improvements of the technology will be proposed, manufactured and tested.

  4. High renewable content sandwich structures based on flax-basalt hybrids and biobased epoxy polymers

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    Colomina, S.; Boronat, T.; Fenollar, O.; Sánchez-Nacher, L.; Balart, R.

    2014-05-01

    In the last years, a growing interest in the development of high environmental efficiency materials has been detected and this situation is more accentuated in the field of polymers and polymer composites. In this work, green composite sandwich structures with high renewable content have been developed with core cork materials. The base resin for composites was a biobased epoxy resin derived from epoxidized vegetable oils. Hybrid basalt-flax fabrics have been used as reinforcements for composites and the influence of the stacking sequence has been evaluated in order to optimize the appropriate laminate structure for the sandwich bases. Core cork materials with different thickness have been used to evaluate performance of sandwich structures thus leading to high renewable content composite sandwich structures. Results show that position of basalt fabrics plays a key role in flexural fracture of sandwich structures due to differences in stiffness between flax and basalt fibers.

  5. PLLA/Flax Mat/Balsa Bio-Sandwich Manufacture and Mechanical Properties

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    Le Duigou, Antoine; Deux, Jean-Marc; Davies, Peter; Baley, Christophe

    2011-10-01

    This paper describes the manufacture and mechanical characterization of a sandwich material which is 100% bio-sourced. The flax mat/PLLA facings and balsa core can also be composted at end of service life. Manufacture is by vacuum bag moulding. The optimum moulding time and temperature are a compromise between ensuring good impregnation and avoiding degradation, and holding for 60 min at 180°C was found to be satisfactory. The mechanical properties of the bio-sandwich obtained are compared to those of a traditional glass reinforced polyester balsa sandwich. The flexural strength is 30% lower, as predicted based on the facing properties. Skin/core adhesion is also measured using debonding tests. Crack propagation occurs at the skin/core interface in the traditional sandwich but within the facing in the bio-sandwich. The impregnation of the core in the two materials is examined using X-ray micro-tomography.

  6. Natural cork agglomerate employed as an environmentally friendly solution for quiet sandwich composites.

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    Sargianis, James; Kim, Hyung-ick; Suhr, Jonghwan

    2012-01-01

    Carbon fiber-synthetic foam core sandwich composites are widely used for many structural applications due to their superior mechanical performance and low weight. Unfortunately these structures typically have very poor acoustic performance. There is increasingly growing demand in mitigating this noise issue in sandwich composite structures. This study shows that marrying carbon fiber composites with natural cork in a sandwich structure provides a synergistic effect yielding a noise-free sandwich composite structure without the sacrifice of mechanical performance or weight. Moreover the cork-core sandwich composites boast a 250% improvement in damping performance, providing increased durability and lifetime operation. Additionally as the world seeks environmentally friendly materials, the harvesting of cork is a natural, renewable process which reduces subsequent carbon footprints. Such a transition from synthetic foam cores to natural cork cores could provide unprecedented improvements in acoustic and vibrational performance in applications such as aircraft cabins or wind turbine blades. PMID:22574250

  7. Natural Cork Agglomerate Employed as an Environmentally Friendly Solution for Quiet Sandwich Composites

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    Sargianis, James; Kim, Hyung-ick; Suhr, Jonghwan

    2012-01-01

    Carbon fiber-synthetic foam core sandwich composites are widely used for many structural applications due to their superior mechanical performance and low weight. Unfortunately these structures typically have very poor acoustic performance. There is increasingly growing demand in mitigating this noise issue in sandwich composite structures. This study shows that marrying carbon fiber composites with natural cork in a sandwich structure provides a synergistic effect yielding a noise-free sandwich composite structure without the sacrifice of mechanical performance or weight. Moreover the cork-core sandwich composites boast a 250% improvement in damping performance, providing increased durability and lifetime operation. Additionally as the world seeks environmentally friendly materials, the harvesting of cork is a natural, renewable process which reduces subsequent carbon footprints. Such a transition from synthetic foam cores to natural cork cores could provide unprecedented improvements in acoustic and vibrational performance in applications such as aircraft cabins or wind turbine blades. PMID:22574250

  8. Static and dynamic response of a sandwich structure under axial compression

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    Ji, Wooseok

    This thesis is concerned with a combined experimental and theoretical investigation of the static and dynamic response of an axially compressed sandwich structure. For the static response problem of sandwich structures, a two-dimensional mechanical model is developed to predict the global and local buckling of a sandwich beam, using classical elasticity. The face sheet and the core are assumed as linear elastic orthotropic continua in a state of planar deformation. General buckling deformation modes (periodic and non-periodic) of the sandwich beam are considered. On the basis of the model developed here, validation and accuracy of several previous theories are discussed for different geometric and material properties of a sandwich beam. The appropriate incremental stress and conjugate incremental finite strain measure for the instability problem of the sandwich beam, and the corresponding constitutive model are addressed. The formulation used in the commercial finite element package is discussed in relation to the formulation adopted in the theoretical derivation. The Dynamic response problem of a sandwich structure subjected to axial impact by a falling mass is also investigated. The dynamic counterpart of the celebrated Euler buckling problem is formulated first and solved by considering the case of a slender column that is impacted by a falling mass. A new notion, that of the time to buckle, "t*" is introduced, which is the corresponding critical quantity analogous to the critical load in static Euler buckling. The dynamic bifurcation buckling analysis is extended to thick sandwich structures using an elastic foundation model. A comprehensive set of impact test results of sandwich columns with various configurations are presented. Failure mechanisms and the temporal history of how a sandwich column responds to axial impact are discussed through the experimental results. The experimental results are compared against analytical dynamic buckling studies and finite element based simulation of the impact event.

  9. Small bending and stretching of sandwich-type shells

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    Reissner, Eric

    1950-01-01

    A theory has been developed for small bending and stretching of sandwich-type shells. This theory is an extension of the known theory of homogeneous thin elastic shells. It was found that two effects are important in the present problem, which are not normally of importance in the theory of curved shells: (1) the effect of transverse shear deformation and (2) the effect of transverse normal stress deformation. The first of these two effects has been known to be of importance in the theory of plates and beams. The second effect was found to occur in a manner which is typical for shells and has no counterpart in flat-plate theory. The general results of this report have been applied to the solution of problems concerning flat plates, circular rings, circular cylindrical shells, and spherical shells. In each case numerical examples have been given, illustrating the magnitude of the effects of transverse shear and normal stress deformation.

  10. Predicting The Compression Strength Of Impact-Damaged Sandwich Panels

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    Ratcliffe, James; Jackson, Wade; Schaff, Jeffery

    1990-01-01

    The objective of this work was to develop a technique for predicting the residual compression strength of sandwich panels containing impact damage in one facesheet. The technique was tailored to predict the strength of specimens that exhibit a failure mode involving the formation of kink bands at locations of peak strain in the region of impact damage. Under continued compression loading, the kink bands propagate in a stable manner perpendicular to the applied load. When a critical kink-band length is reached, growth becomes unstable corresponding to panel failure. The analysis follows in two sections. The first section calculates the far-field stress required for stable kink-band growth and the second calculates that required for unstable growth. The residual strength prediction is made when the stress for stable growth becomes equal to that for unstable kink-band growth. Initial comparisons between analysis and experiment show good agreement.

  11. Vibration Control of Sandwich Beams Using Electro-Rheological Fluids

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    Srikantha Phani, A.; Venkatraman, K.

    2003-09-01

    Electro-rheological (ER) fluids are a class of smart materials exhibiting significant reversible changes in their rheological and hence mechanical properties under the influence of an applied electric field. Efforts are in progress to embed ER fluids in various structural elements to mitigate vibration problems. The present work is an experimental investigation of the behaviour of a sandwich beam with ER fluid acting as the core material. A starch-silicone-oil-based ER fluid is used in the present study. Significant improvements in the damping properties are achieved in experiments and the damping contributions by viscous and non-viscous forces are estimated by force-state mapping (FSM) technique. With the increase in electric field across the ER fluid from 0 to 2 kV, an increase of 25-50% in equivalent viscous damping is observed. It is observed that as concentration of starch is increased, the ER effect grows stronger but eventually is overcome by applied stresses.

  12. Thermal behavior of metal layers sandwiched by silicon dioxide layers

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    Kato, Hiroki; Oizumi, Yukiko; Umetani, Sohta; Yamada, Kazuki; Hashimoto, Iwao; Homma, Yoshikazu

    2015-08-01

    The diffusion of metal particles into a silicon oxide layer during chemical vapor deposition causes various carbon nanotube growth modes. Here, the diffusion behavior of Co and Fe layers sandwiched between silicon oxides was investigated. The Co layer does not diffuse, while the Fe layer diffuses when annealed in Ar/H2. The thermal behavior also depends on the ambient gas. The diffusivity of Fe and the nondiffusivity of Co when annealed in Ar/H2 can be explained by ionic radius and valence requirements. Fe3+, which has a similar ionic radius to Si4+, can thermally diffuse via the substitution of Si4+ at the center of SiO4 tetrahedra with an oxygen vacancy, whereas Co2+ does not diffuse through substitution owing to its larger ionic radius and strict requirements for two oxide vacancies in SiO4 tetrahedra.

  13. Room Temperature and Elevated Temperature Composite Sandwich Joint Testing

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    Walker, Sandra P.

    1998-01-01

    Testing of composite sandwich joint elements has been completed to verify the strength capacity of joints designed to carry specified running loads representative of a high speed civil transport wing. Static tension testing at both room and an elevated temperature of 350 F and fatigue testing at room temperature were conducted to determine strength capacity, fatigue life, and failure modes. Static tension test results yielded failure loads above the design loads for the room temperature tests, confirming the ability of the joint concepts tested to carry their design loads. However, strength reductions as large as 30% were observed at the elevated test temperature, where all failure loads were below the room temperature design loads for the specific joint designs tested. Fatigue testing resulted in lower than predicted fatigue lives.

  14. Orbital Kondo effect in cobalt-benzene sandwich molecules.

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    Karolak, M; Jacob, D; Lichtenstein, A I

    2011-09-30

    We study a Co-benzene sandwich molecule bridging the tips of a Cu nanocontact as a realistic model of correlated molecular transport. To this end we employ a recently developed method for calculating the correlated electronic structure and transport properties of nanoscopic conductors. When the molecule is slightly compressed by the tips of the nanocontact the dynamic correlations originating from the strongly interacting Co 3d shell give rise to an orbital Kondo effect while the usual spin Kondo effect is suppressed due to Hund's rule coupling. This nontrivial Kondo effect produces a sharp and temperature-dependent Abrikosov-Suhl resonance in the spectral function at the Fermi level and a corresponding Fano line shape in the low bias conductance. PMID:22107224

  15. Probabilistic Structural Evaluation of Uncertainties in Radiator Sandwich Panel Design

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    Kuguoglu, Latife; Ludwiczak, Damian

    2006-01-01

    The Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) Space System is part of the NASA's Prometheus Program. As part of the JIMO engineering team at NASA Glenn Research Center, the structural design of the JIMO Heat Rejection Subsystem (HRS) is evaluated. An initial goal of this study was to perform sensitivity analyses to determine the relative importance of the input variables on the structural responses of the radiator panel. The desire was to let the sensitivity analysis information identify the important parameters. The probabilistic analysis methods illustrated here support this objective. The probabilistic structural performance evaluation of a HRS radiator sandwich panel was performed. The radiator panel structural performance was assessed in the presence of uncertainties in the loading, fabrication process variables, and material properties. The stress and displacement contours of the deterministic structural analysis at mean probability was performed and results presented. It is followed by a probabilistic evaluation to determine the effect of the primitive variables on the radiator panel structural performance. Based on uncertainties in material properties, structural geometry and loading, the results of the displacement and stress analysis are used as an input file for the probabilistic analysis of the panel. The sensitivity of the structural responses, such as maximum displacement and maximum tensile and compressive stresses of the facesheet in x and y directions and maximum VonMises stresses of the tube, to the loading and design variables is determined under the boundary condition where all edges of the radiator panel are pinned. Based on this study, design critical material and geometric parameters of the considered sandwich panel are identified.

  16. A Novel Sandwich Electrochemical Immunosensor Based on the DNA-Derived Magnetic Nanochain Probes for Alpha-Fetoprotein

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    Gan, Ning; Jia, Liyong; Zheng, Lei

    2011-01-01

    One novel electrochemical immunosensor was constructed by immobilizing capture antibody of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP Ab1) on a nafion/nanogold-particle modified glassy carbon electrode. With a sandwich immunoassay, one DNA-derived magnetic nanoprobe, simplified as DNA/(ZMPsHRP-AFP Ab2)n, was employed for the detection of AFP. The fabricated procedure of the proposed biosensor was characterized by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The performance and factors influencing the performance of the biosensor were also evaluated. Under optimal conditions, the developed biosensor exhibited a well-defined electrochemical behavior toward the reduction of AFP ranging from 0.01 to 200?ng/mL with a detection limit of 4?pg/mL (S/N = 3). The biosensor was applied to the determination of AFP in serum with satisfactory results. It is important to note that the sandwich nanochainmodified electro-immunosensor provided an alternative substrate for the immobilization of other tumor markers. PMID:22013390

  17. Hospital-acquired listeriosis associated with sandwiches in the UK: a cause for concern.

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    Little CL; Amar CF; Awofisayo A; Grant KA

    2012-09-01

    BACKGROUND: Hospital-acquired outbreaks of listeriosis are not commonly reported but remain a significant public health problem.AIM: To raise awareness of listeriosis outbreaks that have occurred in hospitals and describe actions that can be taken to minimize the risk of foodborne listeriosis to vulnerable patients.METHODS: Foodborne outbreaks and incidents of Listeria monocytogenes reported to the Health Protection Agency national surveillance systems were investigated and those linked to hospitals were extracted. The data were analysed to identify the outbreak/incident setting, the food vehicle, outbreak contributory factors and origin of problem.FINDINGS: Most (8/11, 73%) foodborne outbreaks of listeriosis that occurred in the UK between 1999 and 2011 were associated with sandwiches purchased from or provided in hospitals. Recurrently in the outbreaks the infecting subtype of L. monocytogenes was detected in supplied prepacked sandwiches and sandwich manufacturing environments. In five of the outbreaks breaches in cold chain controls of food also occurred at hospital level.CONCLUSIONS: The outbreaks highlight the potential for sandwiches contaminated with L. monocytogenes to cause severe infection in vulnerable people. Control of L. monocytogenes in sandwich manufacturing and within hospitals is essential to minimize the potential for consumption of this bacterium at levels hazardous to health. Manufacturers supplying sandwiches to hospitals should aim to ensure absence of L. monocytogenes in sandwiches at the point of production and hospital-documented food safety management systems should ensure the integrity of the food cold chain.

  18. Experimental study of the mechanical behaviour of pin reinforced foam core sandwich materials under shear load

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    Dimassi, M. A.; Brauner, C.; Herrmann, A. S.

    2016-03-01

    Sandwich structures with a lightweight closed cell hard foam core have the potential to be used in primary structures of commercial aircrafts. Compared to honeycomb core sandwich, the closed cell foam core sandwich overcomes the issue of moisture take up and makes the manufacturing of low priced and highly integrated structures possible. However, lightweight foam core sandwich materials are prone to failure by localised external loads like low velocity impacts. Invisible cracks could grow in the foam core and threaten the integrity of the structure. In order to enhance the out-of-plane properties of foam core sandwich structures and to improve the damage tolerance (DT) dry fibre bundles are inserted in the foam core. The pins are infused with resin and co-cured with the dry fabric face sheets in an out-of-autoclave process. This study presents the results obtained from shear tests following DIN 53294-standard, on flat sandwich panels. All panels were manufactured with pin-reinforcement manufactured with the Tied Foam Core Technology (TFC) developed by Airbus. The effects of pin material (CFRP and GFRP) and pin volume fraction on the shear properties of the sandwich structure and the crack propagation were investigated and compared to a not pinned reference. It has been concluded that the pin volume fraction has a remarkable effect on the shear properties and damage tolerance of the observed structure. Increasing the pin volume fraction makes the effect of crack redirection more obvious and conserves the integrity of the structure after crack occurrence.

  19. Combined compressive and shear buckling analysis of hypersonic aircraft sandwich panels

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    Ko, William L.; Jackson, Raymond H.

    1992-01-01

    The combined-load (compression and shear) buckling equations were established for orthotropic sandwich panels by using the Rayleigh-Ritz method to minimize the panel total potential energy. The resulting combined-load buckling equations were used to generate buckling interaction curves for super-plastically-formed/diffusion-bonded titanium truss-core sandwich panels and titanium honeycomb-core sandwich panels having the same specific weight. The relative combined-load buckling strengths of these two types of sandwich panels are compared with consideration of their sandwich orientations. For square and nearly square panels of both types, the combined load always induces symmetric buckling. As the panel aspect ratios increase, antisymmetric buckling will show up when the loading is shear-dominated combined loading. The square panel (either type) has the highest combined buckling strength, but the combined load buckling strength drops sharply as the panel aspect ratio increases. For square panels, the truss-core sandwich panel has higher compression-dominated load buckling strength. However, for shear dominated loading, the square honeycomb-core sandwich panel has higher shear-dominated combined load buckling strength.

  20. Combined compressive and shear buckling analysis of hypersonic aircraft structural sandwich panels

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    Ko, William L.; Jackson, Raymond H.

    1991-01-01

    The combined-load (compression and shear) buckling equations were established for orthotropic sandwich panels by using the Rayleigh-Ritz method to minimize the panel total potential energy. The resulting combined-load buckling equations were used to generate buckling interaction curves for super-plastically-formed/diffusion-bonded titanium truss-core sandwich panels and titanium honeycomb-core sandwich panels having the same specific weight. The relative combined-load buckling strengths of these two types of sandwich panels are compared with consideration of their sandwich orientations. For square and nearly square panels of both types, the combined load always induces symmetric buckling. As the panel aspect ratios increase, antisymmetric buckling will show up when the loading is shear-dominated combined loading. The square panel (either type) has the highest combined buckling strength, but the combined load buckling strength drops sharply as the panel aspect ratio increases. For square panels, the truss-core sandwich panel has higher compression-dominated combined load buckling strength. However, for shear dominated loading, the square honeycomb-core sandwich panel has higher shear-dominated combined load buckling strength.

  1. Damage-Tolerance Characteristics of Composite Fuselage Sandwich Structures with Thick Facesheets

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    McGowan, David M.; Ambur, Damodar R.

    1997-01-01

    Damage tolerance characteristics and results from experimental and analytical studies of a composite fuselage keel sandwich structure subjected to low-speed impact damage and discrete-source damage are presented. The test specimens are constructed from graphite-epoxy skins borided to a honeycomb core, and they are representative of a highly loaded fuselage keel structure. Results of compression-after-impact (CAI) and notch-length sensitivity studies of 5-in.-wide by 10-in.long specimens are presented. A correlation between low-speed-impact dent depth, the associated damage area, and residual strength for different impact-energy levels is described; and a comparison of the strength for undamaged and damaged specimens with different notch-length-to-specimen-width ratios is presented. Surface strains in the facesheets of the undamaged specimens as well as surface strains that illustrate the load redistribution around the notch sites in the notched specimens are presented and compared with results from finite element analyses. Reductions in strength of as much as 53.1 percent for the impacted specimens and 64.7 percent for the notched specimens are observed.

  2. Modified Opsite Sandwich for Temporary Abdominal Closure: A Non-Traumatic Experience

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    Wilde, JM; Loudon, MA

    2007-01-01

    INTRODUCTION Laparostomy techniques have advanced since the advent of damage control surgery for the critically injured patient. Numerous methods of temporary abdominal closure (TAC) are described in the literature with most reports focusing on trauma. We describe a modified technique for TAC and report its use in a series of critically ill non-trauma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eleven patients under the care of one consultant underwent TAC over a 36-month period. A standardised technique was used in all cases and this is described. Severity of illness at the time of the first laparotomy was assessed using the Portsmouth variant of the Physiological and Operative Severity Score for the enUmeration of Mortality and morbidity (P-POSSUM). RESULTS Nineteen TACs were performed in 11 patients with a variety of serious surgical conditions. In-hospital mortality was zero despite seven of the patients having an individual P-POSSUM predicted mortality in excess of 50%. The laparostomy dressing proved simple in construction, facilitated nursing care and was well-tolerated in the critical care environment. All patients underwent definitive fascial closure during the index admission. CONCLUSIONS Laparostomy is a useful technique outwith the context of trauma. We have demonstrated the utility of the modified Opsite sandwich vacuum pack for TAC in a series of critically ill patients with a universally favourable outcome. This small study suggests that selective use of TAC may reduce surgical mortality. PMID:17316524

  3. Extended architectures based on sandwich-type polyanions and transition metal complex cations

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    Liu, Hongsheng; Peng, Jun; Sha, Jingquan; Wang, Lixia; Han, Ling; Chen, Dan; Shen, Yan

    2009-04-01

    Two new compounds based on Weakley-sandwich-type polyanion (WSP), H 2[Mn(en) 2] 2[Mn(en) 2(H 2O)] 2[Mn 4(H 2O) 2(PW 9O 34) 2]9H 2O ( 1) and Na 2[Co(en) 2] 2[{Co(en) 2(H 2O)] 2[Co 4(H 2O) 2(PW 9O 34) 2]9H 2O ( 2) (en = ethylenediamine), have been synthesized by the hydrothermal reaction of the trivacant Keggin polyoxoanion [ a- A-PW 9O 34] 9- with transition metal ions and en, and structurally characterized by routine physical methods and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 represents a 1D chain structure made up of WSPs and [Mn(en) 2] 2+ ions. Compound 2 represents a 2D layer structure formed by the interconnection of WSPs, [Co(en) 2] 2+ and Na + ions. Compounds 1 and 2 represent the first example of high-dimensional construction based on WSPs and transition metal complexes (TMCs), in which the water molecules located on the featured tetra-metal unit are still remained, and exhibit the property of sorption/desorption of water molecules.

  4. Sandwiched confinement of quantum dots in graphene matrix for efficient electron transfer and photocurrent production

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    Zhu, Nan; Zheng, Kaibo; Karki, Khadga J.; Abdellah, Mohamed; Zhu, Qiushi; Carlson, Stefan; Haase, Dörthe; Žídek, Karel; Ulstrup, Jens; Canton, Sophie E.; Pullerits, Tõnu; Chi, Qijin

    2015-01-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) and graphene are both promising materials for the development of new-generation optoelectronic devices. Towards this end, synergic assembly of these two building blocks is a key step but remains a challenge. Here, we show a one-step strategy for organizing QDs in a graphene matrix via interfacial self-assembly, leading to the formation of sandwiched hybrid QD-graphene nanofilms. We have explored structural features, electron transfer kinetics and photocurrent generation capacity of such hybrid nanofilms using a wide variety of advanced techniques. Graphene nanosheets interlink QDs and significantly improve electronic coupling, resulting in fast electron transfer from photoexcited QDs to graphene with a rate constant of 1.3 × 109 s−1. Efficient electron transfer dramatically enhances photocurrent generation in a liquid-junction QD-sensitized solar cell where the hybrid nanofilm acts as a photoanode. We thereby demonstrate a cost-effective method to construct large-area QD-graphene hybrid nanofilms with straightforward scale-up potential for optoelectronic applications. PMID:25996307

  5. Flame structure of sandwich systems based on ammonium perchlorate, HMX and polybutadiene rubber studied by probe mass-spectrometry and modeling

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    Chernov, A.A.; Shvartsberg, V.M.; Ermolin, N.E.

    1994-12-31

    The structure of subatmospheric flames of sandwich-type systems consisting of alternating laminae of ammonium perchlorate (AP) or HMX and {open_quotes}base{close_quotes} (polymerized mixture of fine-grained AP and polybutadiene binder) has been studied. The burning surface shape as well as the profiles of concentrations for 17 stable components and of temperature for three crosssections corresponding to the middle of {open_quotes}base{close_quotes} lamina, and to the interface between the laminae have been determined. The hypothesis assuming the existence of three types of flames in sandwiches has been verified experimentally. A concentration gradient of fuel components has been observed at the burning surface of the oxidizer, directed towards the burning surface. Multizone structures and step-by-step mechanisms of reactions in AP and HMX flames have been confirmed. A numerical study for the flame structure of sandwich system based on AP and {open_quotes}base{close_quotes} have been carried out. A simplified set of equations obtained from a complete Navier-Stokes set with the limiting transition M {yields} O have been used in order to construct a solution. Satisfactory agreement between calculated and experimental data on flame structure have been obtained.

  6. Novel electrochemical dual-aptamer-based sandwich biosensor using molybdenum disulfide/carbon aerogel composites and Au nanoparticles for signal amplification.

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    Fang, Lin-Xia; Huang, Ke-Jing; Liu, Yang

    2015-09-15

    A new electrochemical aptamer biosensor for the platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB) detection has been developed based on the signal amplification of MoS2/carbon aerogel composites (MoS2/CA) and sandwich assay. A facile hydrothermal route assisted by L-cysteine was applied to synthesize CA incorporated flower-like MoS2 with the large surface active sites and good conductivity. The electrochemical aptasensor was constructed by sandwiching the PDGF-BB between a glassy carbon electrode modified with thiol-terminated PDGF-BB aptamer-1 (Apt1)/gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)/MoS2/CA and the AuNPs with thiol-terminated PDGF-BB aptamer-2 (Apt2) and 6-ferrocenyl hexanethiol (Fc). Fc-AuNPs-Apt2 acted as tracer and AuNPs/MoS2/CA were utilized as the biosensor platform to immobilize a large amount of capture aptamers, owing to their layered structure and high surface-to-volume ratio. Based on the sandwich format, a dual signal amplification strategy had been successfully developed with a wide linear response in the range of 0.001-10nM and a limit of detection of 0.3 pM. The developed assay demonstrated good selectivity and high sensitivity, indicating potential applications in bioanalysis and biomedicine. PMID:25909336

  7. A comparative study of the impact properties of sandwich materials with different cores

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    Ramakrishnan, K. R.; Shankar, K.; Viot, P.; Guerard, S.

    2012-08-01

    Sandwich panels are made of two high strength skins bonded to either side of a light weight core and are used in applications where high stiffness combined with low structural weight is required. The purpose of this paper is to compare the mechanical response of several sandwich panels whose core materials are different. Sandwich panels with glass fibre-reinforced polymer face sheets were used, combined with five different cores; polystyrene foam, polypropylene honeycomb, two different density Balsa wood and Cork. All specimens were subjected to low velocity impact and their structural response (Force-displacement curves) were compared to quasistatic response of the panel tested using an hemispherical indenter.

  8. Elastic constants for superplastically formed/diffusion-bonded corrugated sandwich core

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    Ko, W. L.

    1980-01-01

    Formulas and associated graphs for evaluating the effective elastic constants for a superplastically formed/diffusion bonded (SPF/DB) corrugated sandwich core, are presented. A comparison of structural stiffnesses of the sandwich core and a honeycomb core under conditions of equal sandwich core density was made. The stiffness in the thickness direction of the optimum SPF/DB corrugated core (that is, triangular truss core) is lower than that of the honeycomb core, and that the former has higher transverse shear stiffness than the latter.

  9. Modeling Blast and High-Velocity Impact of Composite Sandwich Panels

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    Fatt, Michelle S. Hoo; Palla, Leelaprasad; Sirivolu, Dushyanth

    Analytical models for predicting the deformation and failure of composite sandwich panels subjected to blast and projectile impact loading are presented in this paper. The analytical predictions of the transient deformations and damage initiation in the composite sandwich panels were compared with finite element solutions using ABAQUS Explicit. For the blast model, the predicted transient deformation of the sandwich panel was within 7%of FEA results, while the predicted damage initiation using Hashin's composite failure criteria was about 15%higher than FEA results in most cases. For the high velocity impact model, the predicted transient deformations were within 20%of FEA results.

  10. Left ventricle remodelling by double-patch sandwich technique

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    Tappainer, Ernesto; Fiorani, Vinicio; Pederzolli, Nicola; Manfredi, Jacopo; Nocchi, Andrea; Zogno, Mario

    2007-01-01

    Background The sandwich double-patch technique was adopted as an alternative method for reconstruction of the left ventricle after excision of postinfarction dysfunctional myocardium to solve technical problems due to the thick edges of the ventricular wall. Methods Over a 5-year period, 12 of 21 patients with postinfarction antero-apical left ventricular aneurysm had thick wall edges after wall excision. It was due to akinetic muscular thick tissue in 6 cases, while in the other 6 with classic fibrous aneurysm, thick edges remained after the cut of the border zone. The ventricular opening was sandwiched between two patches and this is a technique which is currently used for the treatment of the interventricular septum rupture. In our patients the patches are much smaller than the removed aneurysm and they were sutured simply by a single row of single stitches. However, in contrast to interventricular septum rupture where the patches loosen the tension of the tissues, in our patients the patches pull strongly and restrain the walls by fastening their edges and supporting tight stitches. In this way they could narrow the cavity and close the ventricle. Results The resected area varied from 5 4 to 8 8 cm. Excision was extended into the interventricular septum in 5 patients, thus opening the right ventricle. CABG was performed on all patients but two. Left ventricular volumes and the ejection fraction changed significantly: end-systolic volume 93.5 12.4 to 57.8 8.9 ml, p < 0.001; end-diastolic volume 157.2 16.7 to 115.3 14.9 ml, p < 0.001; ejection fraction 40.3 4.2 to 49.5 5.7%, p < 0.001. All patients did well. One patient suffered from bleeding, which was not from the wall suture, and another had a left arm paresis. The post-operative hospital stay was 5 to 30 days with a mean 10.5 7.5 days/patient. At follow-up, 9 to 60 months mean 34, all patients were symptom-free. NYHA class 2.5 0.8 changed to 1.2 0.4, p < 0.001. Conclusion The double-patch sandwich technique (bi-patch closure) offers some advantages and does not result in increased morbidity and mortality. In the case of excising a left ventricular aneurysm, this technique in no way requires eversion of the edges, felt strips, buttressed and multiple sutures, all of which are needed for longitudinal linear closure. Moreover, it does not require purse string sutures, endocardial scar remnant to secure the patch or folding the excluded non-functional tissue, all of which are needed for endoventricular patch repair. PMID:17266754

  11. [Sandwich-graft myringoplasty: the authors' personal technic and results].

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    Pagnini, P; Scarpini, L; Fanfani, F; Norberti, A

    1992-01-01

    The authors describe the anatomic and functional results obtained with a sandwich myringoplasty technique (MPL) employing an endaural approach. The suggested technique is a modified sandwich MPL by endaural approach with a reduced Shambaugh incision, a systematic profiling of the canal wall bulge and separation of the meatal and tympano-meatal flaps that are maintained pedunculated. The temporal fascia is inserted between the fibrous layer of the tympanic remnant and a single pedunculated tympano-meatal cutaneous flap replaced in the original location. The authors present 72 cases operated between January 1987 and December 1989 for perforations involving up to three quadrants. In 93.1% of the cases a complete and lasting resolution of the perforation was obtained. Of the 5 failures, 4 presented a perforation smaller than the original one. An average (250, 500, 1000 Hz) functional recovery of 14.1 dB was observed compared to an average pre-operatory gap of 21.6 dB. In 25% of the cases, average recovery was greater than 25 dB and in 5 patients a slight worsening with an average difference of -3.3 dB was observed. On the whole, in 41 patients a residual post-operatory gap of only 10 dB was achieved. The anatomical results obtained with the MPL presented are similar to those found in the literature describing the classical overlay technique. However, the cases reported do not present those inconveniences associated to the latter technique (lateralization of the graft and blunting). The anatomic and functional results obtained with the technique discussed are on the whole superior to those described with the underlay and the classical overlay techniques. The Authors believe that this is mainly due to the absence of the gelfoam in the middle ear and to the double contention and vascularization of the temporal fascia graft. By means of the profiling of the canal wall the endaural approach permits a good view of the operating field. Furthermore, it is less traumatic and more acceptable to the patient than the postauricular one that has to be limited to the MPL where there are clinical indications for the exploration of antrum. The personal technique here presented implies, however, a certain presence of epithelial pearls. Their localization is nevertheless facilitated by the absence of blunting, thickening and lateralization of the graft. This allows for an early and easy removal on an out-patient basis. Other inconveniences of the technique are the length of the procedure and a more difficult control of the ossicular chain.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:1414324

  12. Response of Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panel with Minimum Gage GFRP Face-Sheets to Compression Loading After Impact

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    McQuigg, Thomas D.; Kapania, Rakesh K.; Scotti, Stephen J.; Walker, Sandra P.

    2011-01-01

    A compression after impact study has been conducted to determine the residual strength of three sandwich panel constructions with two types of thin glass fiber reinforced polymer face-sheets and two hexagonal honeycomb Nomex core densities. Impact testing is conducted to first determine the characteristics of damage resulting from various impact energy levels. Two modes of failure are found during compression after impact tests with the density of the core precipitating the failure mode present for a given specimen. A finite element analysis is presented for prediction of the residual compressive strength of the impacted specimens. The analysis includes progressive damage modeling in the face-sheets. Preliminary analysis results were similar to the experimental results; however, a higher fidelity core material model is expected to improve the correlation.

  13. Analysis and Tests of Reinforced Carbon-Epoxy/Foam-Core Sandwich Panels with Cutouts

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    Baker, Donald J.; Rogers, Charles

    1996-01-01

    The results of a study of a low-cost structurally efficient minimum-gage shear-panel design that can be used in light helicopters are presented. The shear-panel design is based on an integrally stiffened syntactic-foam stabilized-skin with an all-bias-ply tape construction for stabilized-skin concept with an all-bias-ply tape construction for the skins. This sandwich concept is an economical way to increase the panel bending stiffness weight penalty. The panels considered in the study were designed to be buckling resistant up to 100 lbs/in. of shear load and to have an ultimate strength of 300 lbs/in. The panel concept uses unidirectional carbon-epoxy tape on a syntactic adhesive as a stiffener that is co-cured with the skin and is an effective concept for improving panel buckling strength. The panel concept also uses pultruded carbon-epoxy rods embedded in a syntactic adhesive and over-wrapped with a bias-ply carbon-epoxy tape to form a reinforcing beam which is an effective method for redistributing load around rectangular cutout. The buckling strength of the reinforced panels is 83 to 90 percent of the predicted buckling strength based on a linear buckling analysis. The maximum experimental deflection exceeds the maximum deflection predicted by a nonlinear analysis by approximately one panel thickness. The failure strength of the reinforced panels was two and a half to seven times of the buckling strength. This efficient shear-panel design concept exceeds the required ultimate strength requirement of 300 lbs/in by more than 100 percent.

  14. Experimental investigation of the accuracy of a vibroacoustic model for sandwich-composite panels.

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    Cherif, Raef; Atalla, Noureddine

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents a detailed experimental validation of a general laminate model to predict the vibroacoustic behavior of flat sandwich-composite panels. The accuracy of the model is investigated using a thin and a thick sandwich panel over a large frequency band. Several indicators are compared including the structural wavenumber, modal density, damping loss factor, radiation efficiency, and sound transmission loss. The accuracy of a simpler model based on identifying effective properties of an equivalent orthotropic panel from the General Laminate Model is also discussed. Results show that the vibroacoustic behaviors of flat sandwich-composite panels are accurately estimated using the used model and compare well to the equivalent panel model (for total transmission loss). This experimental investigation is generic and can be used as a benchmark to validate other sandwich models. PMID:25786964

  15. Detection of Penicillinase in Milk by Sandwich ELISA Based Polyclonal and Monoclonal Antibody.

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    Zhao, Yinli; Li, Guoxi

    2016-01-01

    A sandwich ELISA has been developed using polyclonal and monoclonal antibody for the determination of penicillinase in milk. For this purpose, specific polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies against penicillinase were generated and characterized. Using penicillinase standards prepared from 1-128 ng/mL, the method indicated that the detection limit of the sandwich ELISA, as measured in an ELISA plate reader, was as low as 0.86 ng/mL of penicillinase. For determine the accuracy, raw milk containing 2, 8, 32, and 64 ng/mL of penicillinase were tested by sandwich ELISA. Recoveries were from 93-97.5%, and the coefficient of variation [CV (%)] were from 5.55-8.38%. For interassay reproducibility, recoveries were from 89.5-95.1%, the coefficient of variation [CV (%)] were from 5.26-9.58%. This sandwich ELISA provides a useful screening method for quantitative detection of penicillinase in milk. PMID:26023821

  16. Half-sandwich Ir-based neutral organometallic macrocycles containing pyridine-4-thiolato ligands.

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    Han, Ying-Feng; Lin, Yue-Jian; Jia, Wei-Guo; Jin, Guo-Xin

    2009-03-28

    Neutral organometallic cyclic tri- and tetra-nuclear half-sandwich iridium complexes and , connected with pyridine-4-thiolato ligands, were synthesized and characterized by X-ray crystallography. PMID:19274283

  17. Identification of Equivalent Core Elastic Parameters for Sandwich Panels (Application of Nonlinear Optimization Algorithm)

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    Hosokawa, Kenji; Takagi, Kohei; Sakata, Toshiyuki

    Composite sandwich panels have been employed in many structural applications. Therefore, it is very important to obtain the dynamical properties of the composite sandwich panels. Also, an inverse analysis method has already been proposed by one of the authors to identify the layer elastic parameters of laminated plates and shells using the FEM eigenvalue analysis and the nonlinear optimization algorithm. The purpose of this study is to improve the already proposed identification method to apply to a sandwich panel and to identify the equivalent core elastic parameters. By applying the experimental modal analysis technique to the sandwich panel, natural frequencies and mode shapes of the panel are obtained. From the obtained natural frequencies and mode shapes, the equivalent core elastic parameters are identified numerically. Furthermore, the usefulness of the improved identification method is clarified.

  18. An investigation on low velocity impact response of multilayer sandwich composite structures.

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    Jedari Salami, S; Sadighi, M; Shakeri, M; Moeinfar, M

    2013-01-01

    The effects of adding an extra layer within a sandwich panel and two different core types in top and bottom cores on low velocity impact loadings are studied experimentally in this paper. The panel includes polymer composite laminated sheets for faces and the internal laminated sheet called extra layer sheet, and two types of crushable foams are selected as the core material. Low velocity impact tests were carried out by drop hammer testing machine to the clamped multilayer sandwich panels with expanded polypropylene (EPP) and polyurethane rigid (PUR) in the top and bottom cores. Local displacement of the top core, contact force and deflection of the sandwich panel were obtained for different locations of the internal sheet; meanwhile the EPP and PUR were used in the top and bottom cores alternatively. It was found that the core material type has made significant role in improving the sandwich panel's behavior compared with the effect of extra layer location. PMID:24453804

  19. A sandwich substrate for ultrasensitive and label-free SERS spectroscopic detection of folic acid / methotrexate.

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    Yang, Jing; Tan, Xuebin; Shih, Wei-Chuan; Cheng, Mark Ming-Cheng

    2014-10-01

    A highly sensitive surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate with particle-film sandwich geometry has been developed for the label free detection of folic acid (FA) and methotrexate (MTX). In this sandwich structure, the bottom layer is composed of a copper foil decorated with silver nanoparticles synthesized by the galvanic displacement reaction, and top layer is constituted by silver nanoparticles. The FA and MTX molecules are sandwiched between the silver nanoparticles decorated copper film and the silver nanoparticles. The plasmonic coupling between the two layers of the sandwich structure greatly enhances the SERS spectra of FA and MTX. SERS activity of the substrate was studied and optimized by adjusting the time of galvanic displacement reaction. The SERS spectra of the FA and MTX showed the minimum detection concentration of 100 pM. The identification of methotrexate and folic acid analogs was also carried out by SERS spectra analysis. PMID:24850231

  20. Ferrocene analogues of sandwich B12.Cr.B12: A theoretical study

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    Yuan, Yuan; Cheng, Longjiu

    2013-01-01

    The bowl B12 cluster was previously reported to be analogous to benzene and predicted to be one of the best candidates to be new inorganic ligands. The structural stability and electronic properties of a new sandwich compound Cr(B12)2 (D3d) have been investigated by using density functional theory. It is found that the sandwich Cr(B12)2 (D3d) is a stable complex with large binding energy (-5.93 eV) and HOMO-LUMO gap (2.37 eV), as well as Fe(C5H5)2 and Cr(C6H6)2, following the 18-electron principle. The detailed molecular orbitals and aromaticity analyses indicate that the sandwich compound Cr(B12)2 (D3d) is electronically very stable. The natural bond orbital analysis suggests that spd-? interaction plays an important role in the sandwich compounds.

  1. An Investigation on Low Velocity Impact Response of Multilayer Sandwich Composite Structures

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    Jedari Salami, S.; Sadighi, M.; Shakeri, M.; Moeinfar, M.

    2013-01-01

    The effects of adding an extra layer within a sandwich panel and two different core types in top and bottom cores on low velocity impact loadings are studied experimentally in this paper. The panel includes polymer composite laminated sheets for faces and the internal laminated sheet called extra layer sheet, and two types of crushable foams are selected as the core material. Low velocity impact tests were carried out by drop hammer testing machine to the clamped multilayer sandwich panels with expanded polypropylene (EPP) and polyurethane rigid (PUR) in the top and bottom cores. Local displacement of the top core, contact force and deflection of the sandwich panel were obtained for different locations of the internal sheet; meanwhile the EPP and PUR were used in the top and bottom cores alternatively. It was found that the core material type has made significant role in improving the sandwich panel's behavior compared with the effect of extra layer location. PMID:24453804

  2. Vibration characteristics of MR cantilever sandwich beams: experimental study

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    Lara-Prieto, Vianney; Parkin, Rob; Jackson, Mike; Silberschmidt, Vadim; K?sy, Zbigniew

    2010-01-01

    The concept of vibration controllability with smart fluids within flexible structures has been of significant interest in the past two decades. Although much research has been done on structures with embedded electrorheological (ER) fluids, there has been little investigation of magnetorheological (MR) fluid adaptive structures. In particular, a body of research on the experimental work of cantilever MR beams is still lacking. This experimental study investigates the controllability of vibration characteristics of magnetorheological cantilever sandwich beams. These adaptive structures are produced by embedding an MR fluid core between two elastic layers. The structural behaviour of the MR beams can be varied by applying an external magnetic field to activate the MR fluid. The stiffness and damping structural characteristics are controlled, demonstrating vibration suppression capabilities of MR fluids as structural elements. MR beams were fabricated with two different materials for comparison purposes. Diverse excitation methods were considered as well as a range of magnetic field intensities and configurations. Moreover, the cantilever MR beams were tested in horizontal and vertical configurations. The effects of partial and full activation of the MR beams were outlined based on the results obtained. The controllability of the beam's vibration response was observed in the form of variations in vibration amplitudes and shifts in magnitudes of the resonant natural frequency.

  3. Efficient transport of droplet sandwiched between saw-tooth plates.

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    Wang, Liya; Wu, Hengan; Wang, Fengchao

    2016-01-15

    The transport of droplet sandwiched between smooth and saw-tooth plates was investigated using molecular dynamics method. The repeated opening and closing of the plates result in sequential stretching and squeezing of the droplet, which provide the driving force. The asymmetrical saw tooth obstructs the backward motion of the droplet, and gives rise to a net forward displacement of the droplet in every opening and closing cycle. This unidirectional motion facilitates the efficient droplet transport, which is referred to as the ratchet-like effect in this work. Our simulations also reveal that the influence of the surface wettability on the droplet transport is different for saw-tooth and smooth plates. Droplet transport efficiency exhibits monotonic decrease with the increase of the solid-liquid interactions for saw-tooth plates. While for smooth plates, unidirectional droplet movement was only observed for certain solid-liquid interactions. Taken together these simulation results and theoretical analysis, we demonstrate that hydrophobic saw-tooth plates can improve the transport efficiency significantly. These findings not only enhance our understanding of the droplet transport from atomistic scale, but also are beneficial to practical applications in designing of micro- and nano-fluidic systems. PMID:26473277

  4. Unified interfacial inverse magnetoresistance in UHV evaporated sandwiches

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    Dinia, A.; Rahmouni, K.

    2000-01-01

    Several series of Co(3 nm)/Ru( x nm)/Co 1- xX x(3 nm) sandwiches (with x=0 and 0.08, and X= Au, Cu and Ru) have been prepared by ultra-high vacuum (UHV) evaporation onto mica substrate in order to study the effect of non-magnetic dopants, in the second magnetic layers, on the magnetoresistance (MR). MR measurements performed at room temperature on these series have clearly evidenced the presence of inverse giant magnetoresistance (GMR) for non-doped and doped (Cu, Au) series in a thickness range corresponding to the ferromagnetic region. Moreover, for the series with Ru as dopant, the inverse GMR has been observed for all Ru spacer thicknesses. This inverse GMR is mainly due to the interface spin-dependent scattering which results from the chemical asymmetry between the Co/Ru interfaces. The analysis shows that the doping of the Co with non-miscible metals (Cu and Au) has a small effect on the bulk and interface spin-dependent scattering contributions to the GMR, while the doping with miscible metal (Ru) induces a strong reduction of the bulk spin-dependent scattering contribution to the GMR.

  5. Refined Zigzag Theory for Laminated Composite and Sandwich Plates

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    Tessler, Alexander; DiSciuva, Marco; Gherlone, Marco

    2009-01-01

    A refined zigzag theory is presented for laminated-composite and sandwich plates that includes the kinematics of first-order shear deformation theory as its baseline. The theory is variationally consistent and is derived from the virtual work principle. Novel piecewise-linear zigzag functions that provide a more realistic representation of the deformation states of transverse-shear-flexible plates than other similar theories are used. The formulation does not enforce full continuity of the transverse shear stresses across the plate s thickness, yet is robust. Transverse-shear correction factors are not required to yield accurate results. The theory is devoid of the shortcomings inherent in the previous zigzag theories including shear-force inconsistency and difficulties in simulating clamped boundary conditions, which have greatly limited the accuracy of these theories. This new theory requires only C(sup 0)-continuous kinematic approximations and is perfectly suited for developing computationally efficient finite elements. The theory should be useful for obtaining relatively efficient, accurate estimates of structural response needed to design high-performance load-bearing aerospace structures.

  6. Dispersion of Lamb waves in a honeycomb composite sandwich panel.

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    Baid, Harsh; Schaal, Christoph; Samajder, Himadri; Mal, Ajit

    2015-02-01

    Composite materials are increasingly being used in advanced aircraft and aerospace structures. Despite their many advantages, composites are often susceptible to hidden damages that may occur during manufacturing and/or service of the structure. Therefore, safe operation of composite structures requires careful monitoring of the initiation and growth of such defects. Ultrasonic methods using guided waves offer a reliable and cost effective method for defects monitoring in advanced structures due to their long propagation range and their sensitivity to defects in their propagation path. In this paper, some of the useful properties of guided Lamb type waves are investigated, using analytical, numerical and experimental methods, in an effort to provide the knowledge base required for the development of viable structural health monitoring systems for composite structures. The laboratory experiments involve a pitch-catch method in which a pair of movable transducers is placed on the outside surface of the structure for generating and recording the wave signals. The specific cases considered include an aluminum plate, a woven composite laminate and an aluminum honeycomb sandwich panel. The agreement between experimental, numerical and theoretical results are shown to be excellent in certain frequency ranges, providing a guidance for the design of effective inspection systems. PMID:25287973

  7. Windsurf-Board Sandwich Panels Under Static Indentation

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    Borsellino, C.; Calabrese, L.; di Bella, G.

    2008-03-01

    In recent years composite materials have found application in several fields as sport and sea transportation, where the incidence of the cost of materials is not significant compared with the required high mechanical performances. As a matter of fact, in some sports the whole equipment is nowadays realized in composite materials (i.e. windsurf boards, snowboards). The aim of the present work is to evaluate the mechanical performance of some sandwich structures produced by vacuum bagging technology for the windsurf boards production. The behaviour of the structures is tested under static indentation conditions; different fibres materials, for the skins, and different polystyrene foams, for the core, have been taken into account. In particular both the effect of the kind of fibre (glass, carbon and kevlar fibres) and the effect of the polystyrene cells size (and its density) have been investigated. The purpose was to obtain a stiff structure able to bear localized loads. Additionally, the effects induced on the indentation resistance by both the speed and the diameter of pin have been analysed.

  8. Characterizing Facesheet/Core Disbonding in Honeycomb Core Sandwich Structure

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    Rinker, Martin; Ratcliffe, James G.; Adams, Daniel O.; Krueger, Ronald

    2013-01-01

    Results are presented from an experimental investigation into facesheet core disbonding in carbon fiber reinforced plastic/Nomex honeycomb sandwich structures using a Single Cantilever Beam test. Specimens with three, six and twelve-ply facesheets were tested. Specimens with different honeycomb cores consisting of four different cell sizes were also tested, in addition to specimens with three different widths. Three different data reduction methods were employed for computing apparent fracture toughness values from the test data, namely an area method, a compliance calibration technique and a modified beam theory method. The compliance calibration and modified beam theory approaches yielded comparable apparent fracture toughness values, which were generally lower than those computed using the area method. Disbonding in the three-ply facesheet specimens took place at the facesheet/core interface and yielded the lowest apparent fracture toughness values. Disbonding in the six and twelve-ply facesheet specimens took place within the core, near to the facesheet/core interface. Specimen width was not found to have a significant effect on apparent fracture toughness. The amount of scatter in the apparent fracture toughness data was found to increase with honeycomb core cell size.

  9. Sandwiched structural panel having a bi-directional core structure

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    Weddendorf, Bruce (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A structural panel assembly has a bi-directional core structure sandwiched between and secured to a pair of outer side wall members. The core structure is formed from first and second perpendicular series of elongated strip members having crenelated configurations. The strip members in the first series thereof are transversely interwoven with the strip members in the second series thereof in a manner such that crest portions of the strip members in the first series overlie and oppose trough portions of the strip members in the second series, and trough portions of the strip members in the first series underlie and oppose crest portions of the strip members in the second series. The crest portions of all of the strip members lie generally in a first plane and are secured to the inner side of one of the panel assembly outer side walls, and the trough portions of all of the strip members lie generally in a second plane and are secured to the inner side of the other panel assembly outer side wall.

  10. ''Sandwich'' treatment for diospyrobezoar intestinal obstruction: a case report.

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    Zheng, Yi-Xiong; Prasoon, Pankaj; Chen, Yan; Hu, Liang; Chen, Li

    2014-12-28

    Intestinal obstruction is a common clinical entity encountered in surgical practice. The objective of this report is to corroborate an atypical scenario of intestinal obstruction in a Chinese patient and to focus on the diagnosis and treatment. A 27-year-old male presented with a history of gastric pain combined with nausea and abdominal distension that had been present for 5 d. The presence of a foreign body was detected by computed tomography and observed as an abnormal density within the stomach. A diospyrobezoar was revealed during gastroscopy, the extraction of which was prevented due to its size and firmness. An endoscopic holmium laser joined with a snare was used to fragment the obstruction, which was followed by management with a conservative "sandwich" treatment strategy involving intestinal decompression with an ileus tube and Coca-Cola lavage between endoscopic lithotripsy fragmentation procedures. This strategy resulted in the successful removal of the diospyrobezoar along with multiple small bowel obstructions. The patient was discharged after abatement of symptoms. The case presented here demonstrates the implementation of a conservative, yet successful, treatment as an alternative to conventional surgical removal of intestinal obstructions. PMID:25561823

  11. Theoretical limitations of quantification for noncompetitive sandwich immunoassays.

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    Woolley, Christine F; Hayes, Mark A; Mahanti, Prasun; Douglass Gilman, S; Taylor, Tom

    2015-11-01

    Immunoassays exploit the highly selective interaction between antibodies and antigens to provide a vital method for biomolecule detection at low concentrations. Developers and practitioners of immunoassays have long known that non-specific binding often restricts immunoassay limits of quantification (LOQs). Aside from non-specific binding, most efforts by analytical chemists to reduce the LOQ for these techniques have focused on improving the signal amplification methods and minimizing the limitations of the detection system. However, with detection technology now capable of sensing single-fluorescence molecules, this approach is unlikely to lead to dramatic improvements in the future. Here, fundamental interactions based on the law of mass action are analytically connected to signal generation, replacing the four- and five-parameter fittings commercially used to approximate sigmoidal immunoassay curves and allowing quantitative consideration of non-specific binding and statistical limitations in order to understand the ultimate detection capabilities of immunoassays. The restrictions imposed on limits of quantification by instrumental noise, non-specific binding, and counting statistics are discussed based on equilibrium relations for a sandwich immunoassay. Understanding the maximal capabilities of immunoassays for each of these regimes can greatly assist in the development and evaluation of immunoassay platforms. While many studies suggest that single molecule detection is possible through immunoassay techniques, here, it is demonstrated that the fundamental limit of quantification (precision of 10% or better) for an immunoassay is approximately 131 molecules and this limit is based on fundamental and unavoidable statistical limitations. PMID:26342315

  12. Construction aggregates

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    Tepordei, V.V.

    1995-01-01

    Part of the 1994 Industrial Minerals Review. The production, consumption, and applications of construction aggregates are reviewed. In 1994, the production of construction aggregates, which includes crushed stone and construction sand and gravel combined, increased 7.7 percent to 2.14 Gt compared with the previous year. These record production levels are mostly a result of funding for highway construction work provided by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. Demand is expected to increase for construction aggregates in 1995.

  13. Multiscale Modeling Methods for Analysis of Failure Modes in Foldcore Sandwich Panels

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    Sturm, R.; Schatrow, P.; Klett, Y.

    2015-12-01

    The paper presents an homogenised core model suitable for use in the analysis of fuselage sandwich panels with folded composite cores under combined loading conditions. Within a multiscale numerical design process a failure criterion was derived for describing the macroscopic behaviour of folded cores under combined loading using a detailed foldcore micromodel. The multiscale modelling method was validated by simulation of combined compression/bending failure of foldcore sandwich panels.

  14. Multiscale Modeling Methods for Analysis of Failure Modes in Foldcore Sandwich Panels

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    Sturm, R.; Schatrow, P.; Klett, Y.

    2015-04-01

    The paper presents an homogenised core model suitable for use in the analysis of fuselage sandwich panels with folded composite cores under combined loading conditions. Within a multiscale numerical design process a failure criterion was derived for describing the macroscopic behaviour of folded cores under combined loading using a detailed foldcore micromodel. The multiscale modelling method was validated by simulation of combined compression/bending failure of foldcore sandwich panels.

  15. Numerical analysis of sandwich beam with corrugated core under three-point bending

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    Wittenbeck, Leszek; Grygorowicz, Magdalena; Paczos, Piotr

    2015-03-10

    The strength problem of sandwich beam with corrugated core under three-point bending is presented.The beam are made of steel and formed by three mutually orthogonal corrugated layers. The finite element analysis (FEA) of the sandwich beam is performed with the use of the FEM system - ABAQUS. The relationship between the applied load and deflection in three-point bending is considered.

  16. Effect of skin treatment and core material on the bending behaviour of sandwich beams

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    Bakos, D. J.; Papanicolaou, G. C.

    The bending behavior of sandwich beams with a glass-fiber-reinforced polyester core has been investigated analytically and experimentally. Sandwich beams consist of upper and lower aluminum skins and a soft core. Specimens were loaded under three-point bending conditions. Four different skin treatments and three different core materials were applied in order to study the effect of these parameters on the overall bending behavior. A great number of specimens were manufactured and theoretical predictions were correlated with respective experimental findings.

  17. Sandwich ELISA Microarrays: Generating Reliable and Reproducible Assays for High-Throughput Screens

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    Gonzalez, Rachel M.; Varnum, Susan M.; Zangar, Richard C.

    2009-05-11

    The sandwich ELISA microarray is a powerful screening tool in biomarker discovery and validation due to its ability to simultaneously probe for multiple proteins in a miniaturized assay. The technical challenges of generating and processing the arrays are numerous. However, careful attention to possible pitfalls in the development of your antibody microarray assay can overcome these challenges. In this chapter, we describe in detail the steps that are involved in generating a reliable and reproducible sandwich ELISA microarray assay.

  18. Mechanical properties characterization of composite sandwich materials intended for space antenna applications

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    Bowles, Kenneth J.; Vannucci, Raymond D.

    1989-01-01

    The composite materials proposed for use in the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) program contains a new, high modulus graphite fiber as the reinforcement. A study was conducted to measure certain mechanical properties of the new fiber-reinforced material as well as of a composite-faced aluminum honeycomb sandwich structure. Properties were measured at -157, 22, and 121 C. Complete characterization of this material was not intended. Longitudinal tensile, picture-frame shear, short-beam shear, and flexural tests were performed on specimens of the composite face-sheet materials. Unidirectional, cross-plied, and quasi-isotropic fiber composite ply layup designs were fabricated and tested. These designs had been studied by using NASA's Integrated Composite Analyzer (ICAN) computer program. Flexural tests were conducted on (+/- 60/0 deg) sub s composite-faced sandwich structure material. Resistance strain gages were used to measure strains in the tensile, picture-frame, and sandwich flexural tests. The sandwich flexural strength was limited by the core strength at 157 and 22 c. The adhesive bond strength was the limiting factor at 121 C. Adhesive mechanical properties are reflected in sandwich structure flexural properties when the span-to-depth ratio is great enough to allow a significant shear effect on the load-deflection behavior of the sandwich beam. Most measured properties agreed satisfactorily with the properties predicted by ICAN.

  19. Sandwich concept: enhancement for direct absorption measurements by laser-induced deflection (LID) technique

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    Mhlig, Ch.; Bublitz, S.; Paa, W.

    2012-11-01

    The new sandwich concept for absolute photo-thermal absorption measurements using the laser induced deflection (LID) technique is introduced and tested in comparison to the standard LID concept. The sandwich concept's idea is the decoupling of the optical materials for the pump and probe beams by placing a sample of investigation in between two optical (sandwich) plates. The pump beam is guided through the sample whereas the probe beams are deflected within the sandwich plates by the thermal lens that is generated by heat transfer from the irradiated sample. Electrical simulation and laser experiments reveal that using appropriate optical materials for the sandwich plates, the absorption detection limit for photo-thermally insensitive materials can be lowered by up to two orders of magnitude. Another advantage of the sandwich concept, the shrinking of the currently required minimum sample size, was used to investigate the laser induced absorption change in a Nd:YVO4 crystal at 1030nm. It was found that the absorption in Nd:YVO4 lowers due to the laser irradiation but partially recovers during irradiation breaks. Furthermore, absorption spectroscopy has been performed at two LBO crystals in the wavelength range 410...600nm to study the absorption structure around the SHG wavelengths of common high power lasers based on Neodymium doped laser crystals.

  20. High Temperature Residual Properties of Carbon Fiber Composite Sandwich Panel with Pyramidal Truss Cores

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    Liu, Jiayi; Zhou, Zhengong; Wu, Linzhi; Ma, Li; Pan, Shidong

    2013-08-01

    A study on the mechanical property degradation of carbon fiber composite sandwich panel with pyramidal truss cores by high temperature exposure is performed. Analytical formulae for the residual bending strength of composite sandwich panel after thermal exposure are presented for possible competing failure modes. The composite sandwich panels were fabricated from unidirectional carbon/epoxy prepreg, and were exposed to different temperatures for different time. The bending properties of the exposed specimens were measured by three-point bending tests. Then the effect of high temperature exposure on the bending properties and damage mechanism were analyzed. The results have shown that the residual bending strength of composite sandwich panels decreased with increasing exposure temperature and time, which was caused by the degradation of the matrix property and fiber-matrix interface property at high temperature. The effect of thermal exposure on failure mode of composite sandwich panel was observed as well. The measured failure loads showed good agreement with the analytical predictions. It is expected that this study can provide useful information on the design and application of carbon fiber composite sandwich panel at high temperature.

  1. Failure Predictions of Out-of-Autoclave Sandwich Joints with Delaminations Under Flexure Loads

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    Nordendale, Nikolas A.; Goyal, Vinay K.; Lundgren, Eric C.; Patel, Dhruv N.; Farrokh, Babak; Jones, Justin; Fischetti, Grace; Segal, Kenneth N.

    2015-01-01

    An analysis and a test program was conducted to investigate the damage tolerance of composite sandwich joints. The joints contained a single circular delamination between the face-sheet and the doubler. The coupons were fabricated through out-of-autoclave (OOA) processes, a technology NASA is investigating for joining large composite sections. The four-point bend flexure test was used to induce compression loading into the side of the joint where the delamination was placed. The compression side was chosen since it tends to be one of the most critical loads in launch vehicles. Autoclave cure was used to manufacture the composite sandwich sections, while the doubler was co-bonded onto the sandwich face-sheet using an OOA process after sandwich panels were cured. A building block approach was adopted to characterize the mechanical properties of the joint material, including the fracture toughness between the doubler and face-sheet. Twelve four-point-bend samples were tested, six in the sandwich core ribbon orientation and six in sandwich core cross-ribbon direction. Analysis predicted failure initiation and propagation at the pre-delaminated location, consistent with experimental observations. A building block approach using fracture analyses methods predicted failure loads in close agreement with tests. This investigation demonstrated a small strength reduction due to a flaw of significant size compared to the width of the sample. Therefore, concerns of bonding an OOA material to an in-autoclave material was mitigated for the geometries, materials, and load configurations considered.

  2. Failure Predictions of Out-of-Autoclave Sandwich Joints with Delaminations Under Flexure Loads

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    Nordendale, Nikolas; Goyal, Vinay; Lundgren, Eric; Patel, Dhruv; Farrokh, Babak; Jones, Justin; Fischetti, Grace; Segal, Kenneth

    2015-01-01

    An analysis and a test program was conducted to investigate the damage tolerance of composite sandwich joints. The joints contained a single circular delamination between the face-sheet and the doubler. The coupons were fabricated through out-of-autoclave (OOA) processes, a technology NASA is investigating for joining large composite sections. The four-point bend flexure test was used to induce compression loading into the side of the joint where the delamination was placed. The compression side was chosen since it tends to be one of the most critical loads in launch vehicles. Autoclave cure was used to manufacture the composite sandwich sections, while the doubler was co-bonded onto the sandwich face-sheet using an OOA process after sandwich panels were cured. A building block approach was adopted to characterize the mechanical properties of the joint material, including the fracture toughness between the doubler and face-sheet. Twelve four-point-bend samples were tested, six in the sandwich core ribbon orientation and six in sandwich core cross-ribbon direction. Analysis predicted failure initiation and propagation at the pre-delaminated location, consistent with experimental observations. Fracture analyses methods predicted failure loads in close agreement with tests. This investigation demonstrated a strength reduction of 10 percent due to a flaw of significant size compared to the width of the sample. Therefore, concerns of bonding an OOA material to an in-autoclave material was mitigated for the geometries, materials, and load configurations considered.

  3. Failure Predictions of Out-of-Autoclave Sandwich Joints with Delaminations under Flexure Loads

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    Nordendale, Nikolas; Goyal, Vinay; Lundgren, Eric; Patel, Dhruv; Farrokh, Babak; Jones, Justin; Fischetti, Grace; Segal, Kenneth

    2015-01-01

    An analysis and a test program was conducted to investigate the damage tolerance of composite sandwich joints. The joints contained a single circular delamination between the face-sheet and the doubler. The coupons were fabricated through out-of-autoclave (OOA) processes, a technology NASA is investigating for joining large composite sections. The four-point bend flexure test was used to induce compression loading into the side of the joint where the delamination was placed. The compression side was chosen since it tends to be one of the most critical loads in launch vehicles. Autoclave cure was used to manufacture the composite sandwich sections, while the doubler was co-bonded onto the sandwich face-sheet using an OOA process after sandwich panels were cured. A building block approach was adopted to characterize the mechanical properties of the joint material, including the fracture toughness between the doubler and facesheet. Twelve four-point-bend samples were tested, six in the sandwich core ribbon orientation and six in sandwich core cross-ribbon direction. Analysis predicted failure initiation and propagation at the pre-delaminated location, consistent with experimental observations. A building block approach using fracture analyses methods predicted failure loads in close agreement with tests. This investigation demonstrated a small strength reduction due to a flaw of significant size compared to the width of the sample. Therefore, concerns of bonding an OOA material to an in-autoclave material was mitigated for the geometries, materials, and load configurations considered.

  4. Development of a finite element model for the simulation of parabolic impact of sandwich panels

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    Ram Ramakrishnan, Karthik; Guérard, Sandra; Mahéo, Laurent; Shankar, Krishna; Viot, Philippe

    2015-09-01

    Sandwich panels are lightweight structures of two thin high strength facesheets bonded to either side of a thick low density core such as foams and honeycombs. It is necessary to study the impact response of sandwich structures in order to ensure the reliability and safety of these structures. The response of sandwich panels to impact loading is usually studied for impact at normal angle of incidence. In real engineering situations, the structures are more frequently loaded at some oblique angle or with a complex trajectory. It is easy to carry out normal impact tests using devices like the drop tower, but impacts at oblique angles are difficult to characterise experimentally. A tri-dimensional impact device called Hexapod has been developed to experimentally study the impact loading of sandwich plates with a parabolic trajectory. The Hexapod is a modified Gough-Stewart platform that can be moved independently in the six degrees of freedom, corresponding to three translation axes and three rotation axes. In this paper, an approach for modelling the parabolic impact of sandwich structures with thin metallic facesheets and polymer foam core using commercial finite element code LS-DYNA software is presented. The results of the FE model of sandwich panels are compared with experimental data in terms of the time history of vertical and horizontal components of force. A comparison of the strain history obtained from Digital Image Correlation and LS-Dyna model are also presented.

  5. Mechanical properties characterization of composite sandwich materials intended for space antenna applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bowles, Kenneth J.; Vannucci, Raymond D.

    1986-01-01

    The composite materials proposed for use in the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) Program contains a new, high modulus graphite fiber as the reinforcement. A study was conducted to measure certain mechanical properties of the new fiber-reinforced material as well as of a composite-faced aluminum honeycomb sandwich structure. Properties were measured at -157, 22, and 121 C. Complete characterization of this material was not intended. Longitudinal tensile, picture-frame shear, short-beam shear, and flexural tests were performed on specimens of the composite face-sheet materials. Unidirectional, cross-plied, and quasi-isotropic fiber composite ply layup designs were fabricated and tested. These designs had been studied by using NASA's Integrated Composite Analyzer (ICAN) computer program. Flexural tests were conducted on (+/- 60/0 deg) sub s composite-faced sandwich structure material. Resistance strain gages were used to measure strains in the tensile, picture-frame, and sandwich flexural tests. The sandwich flexural strength was limited by the core strength at -157 and 22 C. The adhesive bond strength was the limiting factor at 121 C. Adhesive mechanical properties are reflected in sandwich structure flexural properties when the span-to-depth ratio is great enough to allow a significant shear effect on the load-deflection behavior of the sandwich beam. Most measured properties agreed satisfactorily with the properties predicted by ICAN.

  6. Dynamic analysis of tapered laminated composite magnetorheological elastomer (MRE) sandwich plates

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    Babu, V. Ramesh; Vasudevan, R.

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, the dynamic performance of the sandwich plate with magneto rheological elastomer (MRE) as the core layer and tapered laminated composite plates as the face layers is investigated. Various MRE tapered laminated composite sandwich plate models are formulated by dropping-off the plies longitudinally in top and bottom composite layers to yield tapered plates as the face layers and uniform MRE layer as the core layer. The governing equations of motion of tapered composite MRE sandwich plates are derived using classical laminated plate theory and solved numerically. Further, silicon based MRE is being fabricated and tested to obtain the shear and loss moduli using MR rheometer. The efficacy of the finite element formulation is validated by carrying out experiments on the various prototypes of tapered composite silicon based MRE sandwich plates and comparing the results in terms of natural frequencies obtained at various magnetic fields with those obtained numerically and with available literature. Also, the effects of magnetic field, taper angle of the top and bottom layers, aspect ratio, ply orientations and various end conditions on the various dynamic properties of tapered laminated composite MRE sandwich plate are investigated. Further, the transverse vibration responses of three different tapered composite MRE based sandwich plates under harmonic force excitation are analyzed at various magnetic fields.

  7. An Analysis of Nondestructive Evaluation Techniques for Polymer Matrix Composite Sandwich Materials

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    Cosgriff, Laura M.; Roberts, Gary D.; Binienda, Wieslaw K.; Zheng, Diahua; Averbeck, Timothy; Roth, Donald J.; Jeanneau, Philippe

    2006-01-01

    Structural sandwich materials composed of triaxially braided polymer matrix composite material face sheets sandwiching a foam core are being utilized for applications including aerospace components and recreational equipment. Since full scale components are being made from these sandwich materials, it is necessary to develop proper inspection practices for their manufacture and in-field use. Specifically, nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques need to be investigated for analysis of components made from these materials. Hockey blades made from sandwich materials and a flat sandwich sample were examined with multiple NDE techniques including thermographic, radiographic, and shearographic methods to investigate damage induced in the blades and flat panel components. Hockey blades used during actual play and a flat polymer matrix composite sandwich sample with damage inserted into the foam core were investigated with each technique. NDE images from the samples were presented and discussed. Structural elements within each blade were observed with radiographic imaging. Damaged regions and some structural elements of the hockey blades were identified with thermographic imaging. Structural elements, damaged regions, and other material variations were detected in the hockey blades with shearography. Each technique s advantages and disadvantages were considered in making recommendations for inspection of components made from these types of materials.

  8. A quantitative exposure model simulating human norovirus transmission during preparation of deli sandwiches.

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    Stals, Ambroos; Jacxsens, Liesbeth; Baert, Leen; Van Coillie, Els; Uyttendaele, Mieke

    2015-03-01

    Human noroviruses (HuNoVs) are a major cause of food borne gastroenteritis worldwide. They are often transmitted via infected and shedding food handlers manipulating foods such as deli sandwiches. The presented study aimed to simulate HuNoV transmission during the preparation of deli sandwiches in a sandwich bar. A quantitative exposure model was developed by combining the GoldSim® and @Risk® software packages. Input data were collected from scientific literature and from a two week observational study performed at two sandwich bars. The model included three food handlers working during a three hour shift on a shared working surface where deli sandwiches are prepared. The model consisted of three components. The first component simulated the preparation of the deli sandwiches and contained the HuNoV reservoirs, locations within the model allowing the accumulation of NoV and the working of intervention measures. The second component covered the contamination sources being (1) the initial HuNoV contaminated lettuce used on the sandwiches and (2) HuNoV originating from a shedding food handler. The third component included four possible intervention measures to reduce HuNoV transmission: hand and surface disinfection during preparation of the sandwiches, hand gloving and hand washing after a restroom visit. A single HuNoV shedding food handler could cause mean levels of 43±18, 81±37 and 18±7 HuNoV particles present on the deli sandwiches, hands and working surfaces, respectively. Introduction of contaminated lettuce as the only source of HuNoV resulted in the presence of 6.4±0.8 and 4.3±0.4 HuNoV on the food and hand reservoirs. The inclusion of hand and surface disinfection and hand gloving as a single intervention measure was not effective in the model as only marginal reductions of HuNoV levels were noticeable in the different reservoirs. High compliance of hand washing after a restroom visit did reduce HuNoV presence substantially on all reservoirs. The model showed that good handling practices such as washing hands after a restroom visit, hand gloving, hand disinfection and surface disinfection in deli sandwich bars were an effective way to prevent HuNoV contamination of the prepared foods, but it also demonstrated that further research is needed to ensure a better assessment of the risk of HuNoV transmission during preparation of foods. PMID:25544470

  9. A Refined Zigzag Beam Theory for Composite and Sandwich Beams

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    Tessler, Alexander; Sciuva, Marco Di; Gherlone, Marco

    2009-01-01

    A new refined theory for laminated composite and sandwich beams that contains the kinematics of the Timoshenko Beam Theory as a proper baseline subset is presented. This variationally consistent theory is derived from the virtual work principle and employs a novel piecewise linear zigzag function that provides a more realistic representation of the deformation states of transverse-shear flexible beams than other similar theories. This new zigzag function is unique in that it vanishes at the top and bottom bounding surfaces of a beam. The formulation does not enforce continuity of the transverse shear stress across the beam s cross-section, yet is robust. Two major shortcomings that are inherent in the previous zigzag theories, shear-force inconsistency and difficulties in simulating clamped boundary conditions, and that have greatly limited the utility of these previous theories are discussed in detail. An approach that has successfully resolved these shortcomings is presented herein. Exact solutions for simply supported and cantilevered beams subjected to static loads are derived and the improved modelling capability of the new zigzag beam theory is demonstrated. In particular, extensive results for thick beams with highly heterogeneous material lay-ups are discussed and compared with corresponding results obtained from elasticity solutions, two other zigzag theories, and high-fidelity finite element analyses. Comparisons with the baseline Timoshenko Beam Theory are also presented. The comparisons clearly show the improved accuracy of the new, refined zigzag theory presented herein over similar existing theories. This new theory can be readily extended to plate and shell structures, and should be useful for obtaining relatively low-cost, accurate estimates of structural response needed to design an important class of high-performance aerospace structures.

  10. Experimental investigation on sandwich structure ring-type ultrasonic motor.

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    Peng, Taijiang; Shi, Hongyan; Liang, Xiong; Luo, Feng; Wu, Xiaoyu

    2015-02-01

    This paper presents a manufacture method for a sandwich structure Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and experiment. Two pieces of rotor clamped on a stator, and a stainless steel disk-spring is bonded on the hollow rotor disk to provide the press by a nut assembled on the shaft. The stator is made of a double-side Printed-Circuit Board (PCB) which is sawed out the ring in the center and connected on the board with three legs. On each side of the ring surface, there are electrodes connected at the same position via through hole. The three layer drive circuit for sine, cosine, and ground signal is connected on the board through each leg. There are many piezoelectric components (PZT) bonded between two electrodes and fill soldering tin on each electrode. Then PZT is welded on PCB by reflow soldering. Finally, rub the gibbous soldering tin down to the position of PZT surface makes sure the surface contacts with rotor evenly. The welding process can also be completed by Surface Mounted Technology (SMT). A prototype motor is manufactured by this method. Two B03 model shapes of the stator are obtained by the finite element analysis and the optimal frequency of the motor is 56.375 kHz measured by impedance instrument. The theoretical analysis is conducted for the relationship between the revolving speed of the USM and thickness of stator ring, number of the travelling waves, PZT amplitude, frequency and the other parameters. The experiment result shows that the maximum revolving speed is 116 RPM and the maximum torque is 25 N mm, when the actuate voltage is 200 VAC. PMID:25213313

  11. Microfluidic pillar array sandwich immunofluorescence assay for ocular diagnostics.

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    Green, James V; Sun, Dawei; Hafezi-Moghadam, Ali; Lashkari, Kameran; Murthy, Shashi K

    2011-06-01

    Uveitis and primary intraocular lymphoma (PIOL) are diseases associated with the invasion of lymphocytes into various regions of the eye, accompanied by expression of inflammatory cytokines. While these diseases are very different in terms of survivability and treatment options they have similar symptoms that make accurate diagnosis challenging. Furthermore, the diagnostic yield with state-of-the-art techniques for cell and cytokine analysis of vitreous and aqueous humor samples is under 20% due to inadequate sensitivity. This paper describes a simple sandwich immunofluorescence assay (sIFA) microfluidic device that is capable of identifying important analytes in ocular biopsies as a potential alternative to current diagnostic approaches. Detection is accomplished by capture of the target molecules on antibody-coated, vertical, oval shaped pillars in a microfluidic device followed by a biotinylated detection antibody and finally fluorescent avidin for target molecule quantification. Cytokine concentration measurements were carried out on aqueous humor samples from rats with endotoxin-induced uveitis as well as human cataract patients. Results correlated well with conventional protein quantification techniques and additionally, measurements from the human samples surpassed detection limits of current state-of-the-art immunoassay techniques. The single-digit femtomolar range of detection of this sIFA system provides lower limits of detection when compared to traditional techniques and allows for the mapping of the cytokine content of vitreous biopsies with detection limits that have yet to be realized using cost effective microfluidics. Furthermore, the relative simplicity of the device design, fabrication and ability to automate makes it easily translatable from the laboratory to a clinical setting. PMID:21461664

  12. Electrochemical construction

    DOEpatents

    Einstein, Harry; Grimes, Patrick G.

    1983-08-23

    An electrochemical cell construction features a novel co-extruded plastic electrode in an interleaved construction with a novel integral separator-spacer. Also featured is a leak and impact resistant construction for preventing the spill of corrosive materials in the event of rupture.

  13. Buckling analysis of curved composite sandwich panels subjected to inplane loadings

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    Cruz, Juan R.

    1993-01-01

    Composite sandwich structures are being considered for primary structure in aircraft such as subsonic and high speed civil transports. The response of sandwich structures must be understood and predictable to use such structures effectively. Buckling is one of the most important response mechanisms of sandwich structures. A simple buckling analysis is derived for sandwich structures. This analysis is limited to flat, rectangular sandwich panels loaded by uniaxial compression (N(sub x)) and having simply supported edges. In most aerospace applications, however, the structure's geometry, boundary conditions, and loading are usually very complex. Thus, a general capability for analyzing the buckling behavior of sandwich structures is needed. The present paper describes and evaluates an improved buckling analysis for cylindrically curved composite sandwich panels. This analysis includes orthotropic facesheets and first-order transverse shearing effects. Both simple support and clamped boundary conditions are also included in the analysis. The panels can be subjected to linearly varying normal loads N(sub x) and N(sub y) in addition to a constant shear load N(sub xy). The analysis is based on the modified Donnell's equations for shallow shells. The governing equations are solved by direct application of Galerkin's method. The accuracy of the present analysis is verified by comparing results with those obtained from finite element analysis for a variety of geometries, loads, and boundary conditions. The limitations of the present analysis are investigated, in particular those related to the shallow shell assumptions in the governing equations. Finally, the computational efficiency of the present analysis is considered.

  14. Determination of critical loads for cylindrical sandwich panels of composite materials under two-sided compression and shear

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    Rubina, A. L.; Krashakov, Yu. F.

    The problem of determining the critical buckling stress of symmetric and nonsymmetric sandwich panels loaded in two-sided compression and shear is investigated analytically. The governing equation is obtained by solving equations of balance of forces and moments for an element of a sandwich structure in the case of buckling. The solution is based on the general assumptions of the theory of thin shallow shells. The results of the study can be used to optimize the structure of sandwich panels.

  15. Hypervelocity Impact Performance of Open Cell Foam Core Sandwich Panel Structures

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    Ryan, Shannon; Christiansen, Eric; Lear, Dana

    2009-01-01

    Metallic foams are a relatively new class of materials with low density and novel physical, mechanical, thermal, electrical and acoustic properties. Although incompletely characterized, they offer comparable mechanical performance to traditional spacecraft structural materials (i.e. honeycomb sandwich panels) without detrimental through-thickness channeling cells. There are two competing types of metallic foams: open cell and closed cell. Open cell foams are considered the more promising technology due to their lower weight and higher degree of homogeneity. Leading micrometeoroid and orbital debris shields (MMOD) incorporate thin plates separated by a void space (i.e. Whipple shield). Inclusion of intermediate fabric layers, or multiple bumper plates have led to significant performance enhancements, yet these shields require additional non-ballistic mass for installation (fasteners, supports, etc.) that can consume up to 35% of the total shield weight [1]. Structural panels, such as open cell foam core sandwich panels, that are also capable of providing sufficient MMOD protection, represent a significant potential for increased efficiency in hypervelocity impact shielding from a systems perspective through a reduction in required non-ballistic mass. In this paper, the results of an extensive impact test program on aluminum foam core sandwich panels are reported. The effect of pore density, and core thickness on shielding performance have been evaluated over impact velocities ranging from 2.2 - 9.3 km/s at various angles. A number of additional tests on alternate sandwich panel configurations of comparable-weight have also been performed, including aluminum honeycomb sandwich panels (see Figure 1), Nomex honeycomb core sandwich panels, and 3D aluminum honeycomb sandwich panels. A total of 70 hypervelocity impact tests are reported, from which an empirical ballistic limit equation (BLE) has been derived. The BLE is in the standard form suitable for implementation in risk analysis software, and includes the effect of panel thickness, core density, and facesheet material properties. A comparison between the shielding performance of foam core sandwich panel structures and common MMOD shielding configurations is made for both conservative (additional 35% non-ballistic mass) and optimistic (additional mass equal to 30% of bumper mass) considerations. Suggestions to improve the shielding performance of foam core sandwich panels are made, including the use of outer mesh layers, intermediate fabric/composite layers, and varying pore density.

  16. The flame structure of AP/HTPB sandwiches

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    Chorpening, Benjamin Todd

    2000-10-01

    Ultraviolet emission imaging experiments have been used to study the combustion of sandwiches of ammonium perchlorate (AP) and hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) in nitrogen at pressures up to 32 atm, with binder layers from 50 to 450 mum in thickness. An ICCD camera system has been used to image the flame emission near 310 nm, and a backlighting technique has been developed that allows determination of the corresponding surface shape during combustion. The results indicate the AP/HTPB interface regression rate of IPDI cured samples undergoing low power (100W) laser-assisted deflagration is nearly independent of the binder thickness for binders thicker than 100 mum. The pressure exponent of the regression rate is 0.31 up to 15 atm, increasing with pressure from 15 to 32 atm. Two primary regimes of flame behavior have been identified: a split flame base regime which occurs with high Peclet and Damkohler numbers, and a merged flame base regime which occurs with low Peclet and Damkohler numbers. A secondary regime, exhibiting a "lifted" flame, occurs with low Damkohler numbers and high Peclet numbers. The ultraviolet flame emissions observed in the experiments show a correspondence with the fuel-rich region of the flame, as determined with a Schvab-Zeldovich model. This is reasonable since the primary sources of ultraviolet emission in the 305--315 nm region, electronically excited OH and the CO + O reaction, are dependent on fuel related species. The growth of the fuel-rich region with increasing Peclet number, predicted by the model, is qualitatively matched by the experimental results. The predicted shrinkage of the fuel-rich region when the binder layer is diluted with fine AP is also qualitatively matched by the experiments. Comparison of the experimental results with a single-reaction model with finite rate kinetics shows a weak qualitative agreement on the influence of Damkohler number. A large increase in Damkohler number (factor of 20) leads to a strong splitting of the calculated reaction zone and a splitting of the base of the high temperature region. This seems to correspond to the splitting of the ultraviolet emission flame base observed in the experiments.

  17. Experimental investigation on the dynamic response of clamped corrugated sandwich plates subjected to underwater impulsive loadings

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    Huang, Wei; Zhang, Wei; Li, Dacheng; Hypervelocity Impact Research Center Team

    2015-06-01

    Corrugated sandwich plates are widely used in marine industry because such plates have high strength-to-weight ratios and blast resistance. The laboratory-scaled fluid-structure interaction experiments are performed to demonstrate the shock resistance of solid monolithic plates and corrugated sandwich plates by quantifying the permanent transverse deflection at mid-span of the plates as a function of impulsive loadings per areal mass. Sandwich structures with 6mm-thick and 10mm-thick 3003 aluminum corrugated core and 5A06 face sheets are compared with the 5A06 solid monolithic plates in this paper. The dynamic deformation of plates are captured with the the 3D digital speckle correlation method (DIC). The results affirm that sandwich structures show a 30% reduction in the maximum plate deflection compare with a monolithic plate of identical mass per unit area, and the peak value of deflection effectively reduced by increasing the thickness core. The failure modes of sandwich plates consists of core crushing, imprinting, stretch tearing of face sheets, bending and permanent deformation of entire structure with the increasing impulsive loads, and the failure mechanisms are analyzed with the postmortem panels and dynamic deflection history captured by cameras. National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO.: 11372088).

  18. A ballistic limit equation for hypervelocity impacts on composite honeycomb sandwich panel satellite structures

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    Ryan, S.; Schaefer, F.; Destefanis, R.; Lambert, M.

    During a recent experimental test campaign performed in the framework of ESA Contract 16721, the ballistic performance of multiple satellite-representative Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP)/Aluminium honeycomb sandwich panel structural configurations (GOCE, Radarsat-2, Herschel/Planck, BeppoSax) was investigated using the two-stage light-gas guns at EMI. The experimental results were used to develop and validate a new empirical Ballistic Limit Equation (BLE), which was derived from an existing Whipple-shield BLE. This new BLE provided a good level of accuracy in predicting the ballistic performance of stand-alone sandwich panel structures. Additionally, the equation is capable of predicting the ballistic limit of a thin Al plate located at a standoff behind the sandwich panel structure. This thin plate is the representative of internal satellite systems, e.g. an Al electronic box cover, a wall of a metallic vessel, etc. Good agreement was achieved with both the experimental test campaign results and additional test data from the literature for the vast majority of set-ups investigated. For some experiments, the ballistic limit was conservatively predicted, a result attributed to shortcomings in correctly accounting for the presence of high surface density multi-layer insulation on the outer facesheet. Four existing BLEs commonly applied for application with stand-alone sandwich panels were reviewed using the new impact test data. It was found that a number of these common approaches provided non-conservative predictions for sandwich panels with CFRP facesheets.

  19. Evaluation of modal-based damage detection techniques for composite aircraft sandwich structures

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    Oliver, J. A.; Kosmatka, J. B.

    2005-05-01

    Composite sandwich structures are important as structural components in modern lightweight aircraft, but are susceptible to catastrophic failure without obvious forewarning. Internal damage, such as disbonding between skin and core, is detrimental to the structures' strength and integrity and thus must be detected before reaching critical levels. However, highly directional low density cores, such as Nomex honeycomb, make the task of damage detection and health monitoring difficult. One possible method for detecting damage in composite sandwich structures, which seems to have received very little research attention, is analysis of global modal parameters. This study will investigate the viability of modal analysis techniques for detecting skin-core disbonds in carbon fiber-Nomex honeycomb sandwich panels through laboratory testing. A series of carbon fiber prepreg and Nomex honeycomb sandwich panels-representative of structural components used in lightweight composite airframes-were fabricated by means of autoclave co-cure. All panels were of equal dimensions and two were made with predetermined sizes of disbonded areas, created by substituting areas of Teflon release film in place of epoxy film adhesive during the cure. A laser vibrometer was used to capture frequency response functions (FRF) of all panels, and then real and imaginary FRFs at different locations on each plate and operating shapes for each plate were compared. Preliminary results suggest that vibration-based techniques hold promise for damage detection of composite sandwich structures.

  20. Dynamic response of metal honeycomb sandwich structure under high-speed impact

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    He, Xiaodong; Kong, Xianghao; Shi, Liping; Li, Mingwei

    2010-03-01

    The ARMOR TPS is one of important candidate structure of RLV. It will be the best selection for all kinds of RLV. So the ARMOR thermal protection system will be used in aviation and spaceflight field more and more widely. ARMOR TPS panel is above the whole ARMOR TPS, and the metal honeycomb sandwich structure is the surface of the ARMOR TPS panel. So the metal honeycomb sandwich structure plays an important role in the ARMOR TPS, while it bears the flight dynamic pressure and stands against the flight dynamic calefaction and impact load. The metal honeycomb sandwich structure is made of upper faceplate, lower faceplate and honeycomb core. In the course of the reusable launch vehicle working, it is possible that the space chips impact its outer surface. The main problem is what impact the metal honeycomb sandwich structure can stand and how many times it can stand. In the high speed impact experiment we choose different quality and velocity to simulate real space environment. This paper will analyze the mechanics behaviour of metal honeycomb sandwich structure in the course of impact, and then we make sure the limit impact load and get the effect of impact flaw.

  1. Dynamic response of metal honeycomb sandwich structure under high-speed impact

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    He, Xiaodong; Kong, Xianghao; Shi, Liping; Li, Mingwei

    2009-12-01

    The ARMOR TPS is one of important candidate structure of RLV. It will be the best selection for all kinds of RLV. So the ARMOR thermal protection system will be used in aviation and spaceflight field more and more widely. ARMOR TPS panel is above the whole ARMOR TPS, and the metal honeycomb sandwich structure is the surface of the ARMOR TPS panel. So the metal honeycomb sandwich structure plays an important role in the ARMOR TPS, while it bears the flight dynamic pressure and stands against the flight dynamic calefaction and impact load. The metal honeycomb sandwich structure is made of upper faceplate, lower faceplate and honeycomb core. In the course of the reusable launch vehicle working, it is possible that the space chips impact its outer surface. The main problem is what impact the metal honeycomb sandwich structure can stand and how many times it can stand. In the high speed impact experiment we choose different quality and velocity to simulate real space environment. This paper will analyze the mechanics behaviour of metal honeycomb sandwich structure in the course of impact, and then we make sure the limit impact load and get the effect of impact flaw.

  2. Compression After Impact Testing of Sandwich Structures Using the Four Point Bend Test

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    Nettles, Alan T.; Gregory, Elizabeth; Jackson, Justin; Kenworthy, Devon

    2008-01-01

    For many composite laminated structures, the design is driven by data obtained from Compression after Impact (CAI) testing. There currently is no standard for CAI testing of sandwich structures although there is one for solid laminates of a certain thickness and lay-up configuration. Most sandwich CAI testing has followed the basic technique of this standard where the loaded ends are precision machined and placed between two platens and compressed until failure. If little or no damage is present during the compression tests, the loaded ends may need to be potted to prevent end brooming. By putting a sandwich beam in a four point bend configuration, the region between the inner supports is put under a compressive load and a sandwich laminate with damage can be tested in this manner without the need for precision machining. Also, specimens with no damage can be taken to failure so direct comparisons between damaged and undamaged strength can be made. Data is presented that demonstrates the four point bend CAI test and is compared with end loaded compression tests of the same sandwich structure.

  3. A Study on Flexural Properties of Sandwich Structures with Fiber/Metal Laminate Face Sheets

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    Dariushi, S.; Sadighi, M.

    2013-10-01

    In this work, a new family of sandwich structures with fiber metal laminate (FML) faces is investigated. FMLs have benefits over both metal and fiber reinforced composites. To investigate the bending properties of sandwich beams with FML faces and compare with similar sandwich beams with fibrous composite faces, 6 groups of specimen with different layer arrangements were made and tested. Results show that FML faces have good resistance against transverse local loads and minimize stress concentration and local deformations of skin and core under the loading tip. In addition, FML faces have a good integrity even after plateau region of foam cores and prevent from catastrophic failures, which cannot be seen in fibrous composite faces. Also, FML faces are lighter than metal faces and have better connection with foam cores. Sandwich beams with FML faces have a larger elastic region because of simultaneous deformation of top and bottom faces and larger failure strain thanks to good durability of FMLs. A geometrical nonlinear classical theory is used to predict force-deflection behavior. In this model an explicit formula between symmetrical sandwich beams deflections and applied force which can be useful for designers, is derived. Good agreement is obtained between the analytical predictions and experimental results. Also, analytical results are compared with small deformation solution in a parametric study, and the effects of geometric parameters on difference between linear and nonlinear results are discussed.

  4. Construction aggregates

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    Tepordei, V.V.

    1994-01-01

    Part of a special section on industrial minerals in 1993. The 1993 production of construction aggregates increased 6.3 percent over the 1992 figure, to reach 2.01 Gt. This represents the highest estimated annual production of combined crushed stone and construction sand and gravel ever recorded in the U.S. The outlook for construction aggregates and the issues facing the industry are discussed.

  5. Construction aggregates

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    Langer, W.H.; Tepordei, V.V.; Bolen, W.P.

    2000-01-01

    Construction aggregates consist primarily of crushed stone and construction sand and gravel. Total estimated production of construction aggregates increased in 1999 by about 2% to 2.39 Gt (2.64 billion st) compared with 1998. This record production level continued an expansion that began in 1992. By commodities, crushed stone production increased 3.3%, while sand and gravel production increased by about 0.5%.

  6. Construction aggregates

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    Tepordei, V.V.

    1996-01-01

    Part of the Annual Commodities Review 1995. Production of construction aggregates such as crushed stone and construction sand and gravel showed a marginal increase in 1995. Most of the 1995 increases were due to funding for highway construction work. The major areas of concern to the industry included issues relating to wetlands classification and the classification of crystalline silica as a probable human carcinogen. Despite this, an increase in demand is anticipated for 1996.

  7. Constructing Galileons

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    Trodden, Mark

    2015-07-01

    In this plenary talk delivered at the DISCRETE 2014 conference in London, I briefly summarize the ideas behind and attractive properties of the Galileon field theories, and describe a broad class of scalar field theories that share these properties. After describing how Galileons arise, and commenting on their fascinating properties, in the latter half of the talk I focus on novel ways of constructing Galileon-like theories, using both the probe brane construction, and the coset construction.

  8. Constructive Fun.

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    Simanek, Donald E.

    1994-01-01

    Compares and reviews currently available brands of steel construction sets that are useful to physics teachers for building demonstrations, prototypes of mechanisms, robotics, and remote control devices. (ZWH)

  9. Optimisation of Composite Sandwich Structures Subjected to Combined Torsion and Bending Stiffness Requirements

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    Li, Xiang; Li, Gangyan; Wang, Chun H.

    2012-06-01

    This research is motivated by the rapidly increasing use of composite sandwich structures to reduce weight and improve energy efficiency in a wide range of industries such as automotive, aerospace and civil infrastructure. The paper presents a minimum-weight optimization method for sandwich structures to meet both torsion and bending rigidity requirements. This multiple inequality-constrained optimisation problem is formulated using the Lagrange multiplier method. Solving the resulting equations reveals the optimum solution that can satisfy both flexural and torsion stiffness requirements depend on the stiffness ratio relative to elastic modulus ratio. To illustrate the newly developed optimum design solutions, numerical examples are presented for sandwich structures made of either isotropic face skins or orthotropic composite face skins.

  10. Aptamers-based sandwich assay for silver-enhanced fluorescence multiplex detection.

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    Wang, Ying; Li, Hui; Xu, Danke

    2016-01-28

    In this work, aptamers-modified silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were prepared as capture substrate, and fluorescent dyes-modified aptamers were synthesized as detection probes. The sandwich assay was based on dual aptamers, which was aimed to accomplish the highly sensitive detection of single protein and multiplex detection of proteins on one-spot. We found that aptamers-modified AgNPs based microarray was much superior to the aptamer based microarray in fluorescence detection of proteins. The result shows that the detection limit of the sandwich assay using AgNPs probes for thrombin or platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) is 80 or 8 times lower than that of aptamers used directly. For multiplex detection of proteins, the detection limit was 625pM for PDGF-BB and 21pM for thrombin respectively. The sandwich assay based on dual aptamers and AgNPs was sensitive and specific. PMID:26755149

  11. Identification of Equivalent Elastic Parameters for Core Material of Sandwich Panels

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    Hosokawa, Kenji; Takagi, Kohei; Sakata, Toshiyuki

    Composite materials such as sandwich panels have been employed in many structural applications. Therefore, it is very important to obtain the dynamical properties of the composite materials. Also, an inverse analysis method has already been proposed by one of the authors to identify the layer elastic parameters of laminated composite materials using the FEM eigenvalue analysis and the sensitivity analysis. The purpose of this study is to improve the proposed identification method to apply to a sandwich panel and to identify the equivalent elastic parameters of a core material. By applying the experimental modal analysis technique to the sandwich panel, natural frequencies and mode shapes of the panel are obtained. From the obtained natural frequencies and mode shapes, the equivalent elastic parameters of the core material are identified numerically. Furthermore, the validity of the identified equivalent elastic parameters was shown.

  12. Distortion-free single point imaging of multi-layered composite sandwich panel structures

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    Marble, Andrew E.; Mastikhin, Igor V.; MacGregor, Rod P.; Akl, Mohamad; LaPlante, Gabriel; Colpitts, Bruce G.; Lee-Sullivan, Pearl; Balcom, Bruce J.

    2004-05-01

    The results of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) investigation concerning the effects of an aluminum honeycomb sandwich panel on the B1 and B0 fields and on subsequent image quality are presented. Although the sandwich panel structure, representative of an aircraft composite material, distorts B0 and attenuates B1, distortion-free imaging is possible using single point (constant time) imaging techniques. A new expression is derived for the error caused by gradient field distortion due to the heterogeneous magnetic susceptibility within a sample and this error is shown not to cause geometric distortion in the image. The origin of the B0 distortion in the sample under investigation was also examined. The graphite-epoxy `skin' of the panel is the principal source of the B0 distortion. Successful imaging of these structures sets the stage for the development of methods for detecting moisture ingress and degradation within composite sandwich structures.

  13. Facile and sensitive glucose sandwich assay using in situ-generated Raman reporters.

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    Bi, Xiaoshuang; Du, Xuezhong; Jiang, Jingjing; Huang, Xuan

    2015-02-01

    A facile and sensitive glucose sandwich assay using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been developed through the use of the self-assembled p-mercaptophenylboronic acid (PMBA) monolayer on a smooth gold-coated slide and the SERS tags of Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) modified with p-aminothiophenol (PATP) and PMBA. The photocoupling product 4,4'-dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB), generated in situ from PATP on the AgNP surface during the SERS measurement, possessed considerably intense characteristic SERS peaks and acted as the actual Raman reporter, which improved the sensitivity of glucose detection devoid of interference of other biomolecules. The facile sandwich assay showed a high selectivity of glucose over fructose and galactose. This facile, sensitive, and selective SERS-based glucose sandwich assay can be developed into a diagnostic tool for determination of glucose levels. PMID:25583068

  14. Tests of graphite/polyimide sandwich panels in uniaxial edgewise compression

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    Camarda, C. J.

    1980-01-01

    The local and general buckling behavior of graphite/polyimide sandwich panels simply supported along all four edges and loaded in uniaxial edgewise compression were investigated. Material properties of sandwich panel constituents (adhesive and facings) were determined from flatwise tension and sandwich beam flexure tests. Buckling specimens were 30.5 by 33 cm, had quasi-isotropic, symmetric facings, and a glass/polyimide honeycomb core. Core thicknesses were varied and three panels of each thickness were tested at room temperature to investigate failure modes and corresponding buckling loads. Specimens 0.635 cm thick failed by overall buckling at loads close to the analytically predicted buckling load; all other panels failed by face wrinkling. Results of the wrinkling tests indicated that several buckling formulas were unconservative and therefore not suitable for design purposes; a recommended wrinkling equation is presented.

  15. Influence of residual stresses on the tensile strength of composite-metal sandwich laminates

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    Herakovich, C. T.; Wong, D. M.

    1977-01-01

    The tensile strength of boron-epoxy/aluminum sandwich laminates is discussed relative to the residual thermal stresses generated by curing and bonding at elevated temperatures. It is shown that the sandwich laminates investigated exhibit three dinstinct modes of failure, depending upon the fiber orientation of the composite. Sandwich laminates with moderate to high percentage of 0-deg fibers exhibit early failures initiated by edge effect; laminates with moderate to high percentage of 90-deg fibers fail according to a first-ply failure criterion; laminates with moderate to high percentages of plus or minus 45 deg plies fail at strains equal to or greater than the failure strain of the corresponding all-composite laminate.

  16. A plastic indentation model for sandwich beams with metallic foam cores

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    Xie, Zhong-You; Yu, Ji-Lin; Zheng, Zhi-Jun

    2011-12-01

    Light weight high performance sandwich composite structures have been used extensively in various load bearing applications. Experiments have shown that the indentation significantly reduces the load bearing capacity of sandwiched beams. In this paper, the indentation behavior of foam core sandwich beams without considering the globally axial and flexural deformation was analyzed using the principle of virtual velocities. A concisely theoretical solution of loading capacity and denting profile was presented. The denting load was found to be proportional to the square root of the denting depth. A finite element model was established to verify the prediction of the model. The load-indentation curves and the profiles of the dented zone predicted by theoretical model and numerical simulation are in good agreement.

  17. A Higher-Order Bending Theory for Laminated Composite and Sandwich Beams

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    Cook, Geoffrey M.

    1997-01-01

    A higher-order bending theory is derived for laminated composite and sandwich beams. This is accomplished by assuming a special form for the axial and transverse displacement expansions. An independent expansion is also assumed for the transverse normal stress. Appropriate shear correction factors based on energy considerations are used to adjust the shear stiffness. A set of transverse normal correction factors is introduced, leading to significant improvements in the transverse normal strain and stress for laminated composite and sandwich beams. A closed-form solution to the cylindrical elasticity solutions for a wide range of beam aspect ratios and commonly used material systems. Accurate shear stresses for a wide range of laminates, including the challenging unsymmetric composite and sandwich laminates, are obtained using an original corrected integration scheme. For application of the theory to a wider range of problems, guidelines for finite element approximations are presented.

  18. Low-Velocity Impact Response of Sandwich Beams with Functionally Graded Core

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    Apetre, N. A.; Sankar, B. V.; Ambur, D. R.

    2006-01-01

    The problem of low-speed impact of a one-dimensional sandwich panel by a rigid cylindrical projectile is considered. The core of the sandwich panel is functionally graded such that the density, and hence its stiffness, vary through the thickness. The problem is a combination of static contact problem and dynamic response of the sandwich panel obtained via a simple nonlinear spring-mass model (quasi-static approximation). The variation of core Young's modulus is represented by a polynomial in the thickness coordinate, but the Poisson's ratio is kept constant. The two-dimensional elasticity equations for the plane sandwich structure are solved using a combination of Fourier series and Galerkin method. The contact problem is solved using the assumed contact stress distribution method. For the impact problem we used a simple dynamic model based on quasi-static behavior of the panel - the sandwich beam was modeled as a combination of two springs, a linear spring to account for the global deflection and a nonlinear spring to represent the local indentation effects. Results indicate that the contact stiffness of thc beam with graded core Increases causing the contact stresses and other stress components in the vicinity of contact to increase. However, the values of maximum strains corresponding to the maximum impact load arc reduced considerably due to grading of thc core properties. For a better comparison, the thickness of the functionally graded cores was chosen such that the flexural stiffness was equal to that of a beam with homogeneous core. The results indicate that functionally graded cores can be used effectively to mitigate or completely prevent impact damage in sandwich composites.

  19. Analyses for Debonding of Stitched Composite Sandwich Structures Using Improved Constitutive Models

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    Glaessgen, E. H.; Sleight, D. W.; Krishnamurthy, T.; Raju, I. S.

    2001-01-01

    A fracture mechanics analysis based on strain energy release rates is used to study the effect of stitching in bonded sandwich beam configurations. Finite elements are used to model the configurations. The stitches were modeled as discrete nonlinear spring elements with a compliance determined by experiment. The constitutive models were developed using the results of flatwise tension tests from sandwich material rather than monolithic material. The analyses show that increasing stitch stiffness, stitch density and debond length decrease strain energy release rates for a fixed applied load.

  20. Local buckling of honeycomb sandwich plates under action of transverse shear forces

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    Shi, Guangyu; Tong, Pin

    1994-07-01

    We evaluate the critical transverse shear forces for the local buckling of honeycomb sandwich plates subjected to lateral loads. The evaluation is based on the stress field accounting for the stresses on the microscale in the honeycomb's hexagonal cells. These microscale stresses are computed by the two-scale method of homogenization theory for periodic media. The elastic restraints resulting from neighboring walls of hexagons are taken into account. The critical shear forces presented here can be used as a design criterion for sandwich plates with honeycomb cores.

  1. Microstructure of the combustion zone: Thin-binder AP-polymer sandwiches

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    Price, E. W.; Panyam, R. R.; Sigman, R. K.

    1980-01-01

    Experimental results are summarized for systematic quench-burning tests on ammonium perchlorate-HC binder sandwiches with binder thicknesses in the range 10 - 150 microns. Tests included three binders (polysulfide, polybutadiene-acrylonitrile, and hydroxy terminated polybutadiene), and pressures from 1.4 to 14 MPa. In addition, deflagration limits were determined in terms of binder thickness and pressure. Results are discussed in terms of a qualitative theory of sandwich burning consolidated from various sources. Some aspects of the observed results are explained only speculatively.

  2. FaceSheet Push-off Tests to Determine Composite Sandwich Toughness at Cryogenic Temperatures

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    Gates, Thomas S.; Herring, Helen M.

    2001-01-01

    A new novel test method, associated analysis, and experimental procedures are developed to investigate the toughness of the facesheet-to-core interface of a sandwich material at cryogenic temperatures. The test method is designed to simulate the failure mode associated with facesheet debonding from high levels of gas pressure in the sandwich core. The effects of specimen orientation are considered, and the results of toughness measurements are presented. Comparisons are made between room and liquid nitrogen (-196 C) test temperatures. It was determined that the test method is insensitive to specimen facesheet orientation and strain energy release rate increases with a decrease in the test temperature.

  3. Structural-acoustic studies of sandwich structures for global transport aircraft

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    Thamburaj, Priya

    The optimization of sandwich structures with high strength and light weight have been the topic of interest for many researchers. There have also been a few studies on the vibration and sound transmission across these structures. This dissertation presents the structural and acoustic studies of sandwich structures for global transport aircraft applications. One of the objectives of this research is to introduce certain material anisotropy in the layers of the sandwich which will enhance the vibration and sound transmission characteristics of the structure. To illustrate this research concept, the sound transmission loss across an anisotropic sandwich beam has been studied in detail using a higher-order model of the sandwich beam. It is observed that there is a significant increase in the transmission loss for the sandwich beam with anisotropic materials as compared with isotropic ones. A study on the optimization of sound transmission loss across the anisotropic sandwich beam is also presented. This work lays the basic foundation for material scientists to design new sandwich structures with high vibration and noise isolation performance. The second part of the dissertation deals with the structural and the acoustic analyses of a non-circular, cylindrical, laminated, anisotropic shell. The shell has a cross-section consisting of a square with rounded corners. The method of conformal mapping is employed to map the physical domain onto a circular cylindrical domain. The Rayleigh-Ritz method is then used in conjunction with Hamilton's principle in order to obtain the final solution in both the analyses. The analysis of fully coupled structural-acoustic systems is presented in the next chapter. A method for the analysis of such coupled systems is developed using a particular solution approach. A simple two dimensional rectangular cavity is used as an example to illustrate the solution approach in detail. The method is also applied to a three-dimensional system: the non-circular cylindrical shell mentioned earlier. The Galerkin and the Rayleigh-Ritz methods are used to obtain the coupled modal equations for the system which are solved using a state space formulation. Numerical results are presented which show the mode shapes of the coupled systems.

  4. Systems, Apparatuses, and Methods for Using Durable Adhesively Bonded Joints for Sandwich Structures

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    Smeltzer, III, Stanley S. (Inventor); Lundgren, Eric C. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Systems, methods, and apparatus for increasing durability of adhesively bonded joints in a sandwich structure. Such systems, methods, and apparatus includes an first face sheet and an second face sheet as well as an insert structure, the insert structure having a first insert face sheet, a second insert face sheet, and an insert core material. In addition, sandwich core material is arranged between the first face sheet and the second face sheet. A primary bondline may be coupled to the face sheet(s) and the splice. Further, systems, methods, and apparatus of the present disclosure advantageously reduce the load, provide a redundant path, reduce structural fatigue, and/or increase fatigue life.

  5. Solvent extraction of lanthanoid picrates with crown ethers: preferential sandwich complexation and unique cation selectivities

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    Nakagawa, K.; Okada, S.; Inoue, Y.; Tai, A.; Hakushi, T.

    1988-11-15

    Quantitative solvent extractions of aqueous lanthanoid picrates with 15-crown-5 and 18-crown-6 were conducted at low ionic strength in the absence of background salts. An overwhelming preference for the sandwich complexation and unique cation selectivities were observed. The peak extraction constants were found for samarium with 15-crown-5 (1:2 stoichiometry) and for cerium and praseodymium with 18-crown-6 (1:1 and 1:2 stoichiometries, respectively). The facile sandwich complexation and unique cation selectivities are interpreted in terms of the heavy hydration of lanthanoid ions of high charge density.

  6. Cherenkov radiation of a Josephson vortex moving in a sandwich embedded in a dielectric medium

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    Malishevskii, A. S. Silin, V. P.; Uryupin, S. A.; Uspenskii, S. G.

    2008-08-15

    A motion of a Josephson vortex in a long sandwich embedded in a dielectric medium is described. If the velocity of the vortex is greater than the velocity of light in the dielectric, terahertz-band Cherenkov radiation is generated and emitted from the lateral surface of the sandwich. The radiation loss power is determined. In the case when radiation loss is compensated for by the energy gain due to transport current, a relation between the current and the velocity of the vortex is obtained.

  7. A {3,2}-Order Bending Theory for Laminated Composite and Sandwich Beams

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    Cook, Geoffrey M.; Tessler, Alexander

    1998-01-01

    A higher-order bending theory is derived for laminated composite and sandwich beams thus extending the recent {1,2}-order theory to include third-order axial effect without introducing additional kinematic variables. The present theory is of order {3,2} and includes both transverse shear and transverse normal deformations. A closed-form solution to the cylindrical bending problem is derived and compared with the corresponding exact elasticity solution. The numerical comparisons are focused on the most challenging material systems and beam aspect ratios which include moderate-to-thick unsymmetric composite and sandwich laminates. Advantages and limitations of the theory are discussed.

  8. Sandwiched Electrochemiluminescent Peptide Biosensor for the Detection of Prognostic Indicator in Early-Stage Cancer Based on Hollow, Magnetic, and Self-Enhanced Nanosheets.

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    Wang, Haijun; Yuan, Yali; Chai, Yaqin; Yuan, Ruo

    2015-08-12

    Currently, peptide-based protein-recognition has been recognized as an effective and promising approach for protein assays. However, sandwiched peptide-based biosensor with high sensitivity and low background has not been proposed before. Herein, a sandwiched electrochemiluminescence (ECL) peptide-based biosensor is constructed for Cyclin A(2) (CA2), a prognostic indicator in early stage of multiple cancers, based on nanosheets with hollow, magnetic, and ECL self-enhanced properties. First, hollow and magnetic manganese oxide nanocrystals (H-Mn(3)O(4)) are synthesized using triblock copolymeric micelles with core-shell-corona architecture as templates. Then, polyethyleneimine (PEI) and the composite of platinum nanoparticles and tris (4,4'-dicarboxylicacid-2,2'-bipyridyl) ruthenium (II) (PtNPs-Ru) are immobilized on H-Mn(3)O(4) to form H-Mn(3)O(4) -PEI-PtNPs-Ru nanocomposite, in which PEI as coreactant can effectively enhance the luminous efficiency and PtNPs as nanochannels can greatly accelerate the electron transfer. Finally, due to the coordination between Eu(3+) and carboxyl, the obtained H-Mn(3)O(4) -PEI-PtNPs-Ru aggregates locally to form sheet-like nanostructures ((H-Mn(3)O(4) -PEI-PtNPs-Ru)(n) -Eu(3+)), by which the luminous efficiency is further increased. Based on the nanosheets and two designed peptides, a sandwiched ECL biosensor, using palladium nanocages synthesized through galvanic replacement reaction as substrate, is proposed for CA2 with a linear range from 0.001 to 100 ng mL(-1) and a detection limit of 0.3 pg mL(-1). PMID:25833656

  9. Construction aggregates

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    Bolen, W.P.; Tepordei, V.V.

    2001-01-01

    The estimated production during 2000 of construction aggregates, crushed stone, and construction sand and gravel increased by about 2.6% to 2.7 Gt (3 billion st), compared with 1999. The expansion that started in 1992 continued with record production levels for the ninth consecutive year. By commodity, construction sand and gravel production increased by 4.5% to 1.16 Gt (1.28 billion st), while crushed stone production increased by 1.3% to 1.56 Gt (1.72 billion st).

  10. A sandwich-embedding method for oriented sectioning.

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    Leroux, O; Van der Kinderen, G; Viane, R L L

    2007-07-01

    High-quality sections are indispensable for many scientific studies. Most published methods are often time-consuming or require special devices. We present an easy, quick and low-cost method for oriented embedding of thin structures using glycol methacrylate resin and self-constructed, reusable embedding tools made of overhead transparencies. This technique allows for more flexibility in orientation than other methods, enabling precise transverse, longitudinal and even oblique sectioning. PMID:17635661

  11. Constructing Phylogenies.

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    Bilardello, Nicholas; Valdes, Linda

    1998-01-01

    Introduces a method for constructing phylogenies using molecular traits and elementary graph theory. Discusses analyzing molecular data and using weighted graphs, minimum-weight spanning trees, and rooted cube phylogenies to display the data. (DDR)

  12. Construction Administration.

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    Barley, John McKim, II

    1986-01-01

    Successful completion of a construction project requires the efforts of a team composed of the owner, architect, and contractor. A preconstruction conference can clarify the roles of the team as specified in the design contract. (MLF)

  13. Construction aggregates

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    Tepordei, V.V.

    1993-01-01

    Part of a special section on the market performance of industrial minerals in 1992. Production of construction aggregates increased by 4.6 percent in 1992. This increase was due, in part, to the increased funding for transportation and infrastructure projects. The U.S. produced about 1.05 Gt of crushed stone and an estimated 734 Mt of construction sand and gravel in 1992. Demand is expected to increase by about 5 percent in 1993.

  14. Construction aggregates

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    Nelson, T.I.; Bolen, W.P.

    2007-01-01

    Construction aggregates, primarily stone, sand and gravel, are recovered from widespread naturally occurring mineral deposits and processed for use primarily in the construction industry. They are mined, crushed, sorted by size and sold loose or combined with portland cement or asphaltic cement to make concrete products to build roads, houses, buildings, and other structures. Much smaller quantities are used in agriculture, cement manufacture, chemical and metallurgical processes, glass production and many other products.

  15. Morphing nacelle inlet lip with pneumatic actuators and a flexible nano composite sandwich panel

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    Gulsine Ozdemir, Nazli; Scarpa, Fabrizio; Craciun, Monica; Remillat, Chrystel; Lira, Cristian; Jagessur, Yogesh; Da Rocha-Schmidt, Luiz

    2015-12-01

    We present a hybrid pneumatic/flexible sandwich structure with thermoplastic (TP) nanocomposite skins to enable the morphing of a nacelle inlet lip. The design consists of pneumatic inflatables as actuators and a flexible sandwich panel that morphs under variable pressure combinations to adapt different flight conditions and save fuel. The sandwich panel forms the outer layer of the nacelle inlet lip. It is lightweight, compliant and impact resistant with no discontinuities, and consists of graphene-doped thermoplastic polyurethane (G/TPU) skins that are supported by an aluminium Flex-core honeycomb in the middle, with near zero in-plane Poisson’s ratio behaviour. A test rig for a reduced-scale demonstrator was designed and built to test the prototype of morphing nacelle with custom-made pneumatic actuators. The output force and the deflections of the experimental demonstrator are verified with the internal pressures of the actuators varying from 0 to 0.41 MPa. The results show the feasibility and promise of the hybrid inflatable/nanocomposite sandwich panel for morphing nacelle airframes.

  16. Library Services to the Sandwich Generation and Serial Caregivers. ASCLA Changing Horizons Series.

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    Walling, Linda Lucas, Comp.

    This book discusses library services to the "sandwich generation" (i.e., people in late middle age who find themselves caring for their elderly, impaired parents at the same time that their adult children are returning home for economic or other reasons) and "serial caregivers" (i.e., people who, at various periods throughout their lifetimes, find

  17. A Quasi-Exact Dynamic Finite Element for Free Vibration Analysis of Sandwich Beams

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    Hashemi, Seyed M.; Adique, Ernest J.

    2010-04-01

    A Dynamic Finite Element (DFE) model for the vibration analysis of three-layered sandwich beams is presented. The governing differential equations of motion of the sandwich beam for the general case, when the properties of each layer are dissimilar, are exploited. Displacement fields are imposed such that the face layers follow the Rayleigh beam assumptions, while the core is governed by Timoshenko beam theory. The DFE model is then used to examine the free-vibration characteristics of an asymmetric soft-core sandwich beam with steel face layers and a rubber core. The natural frequency results for the first four modes, in this case, show the exact match between the DFE and exact Dynamic Stiffness Matrix (DSM) formulations, using only a one-element mesh, justifying the use of Q uasi-Exact ( QE-DFE) title. Convergence-wise, the QE-DFE formulation also outperforms the conventional FEM, which makes it useful in benchmarking other studies or the examination of high frequency response where FEM requires the use of large number of elements in order to achieve better accuracy. The application of the DFE to a lead-core sandwich beam is also discussed.

  18. The Association between Membership in the Sandwich Generation and Health Behaviors: A Longitudinal Study

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    Chassin, Laurie; Macy, Jon T.; Seo, Dong-Chul; Presson, Clark C.; Sherman, Steven J.

    2010-01-01

    The current study examined the association between membership in the sandwich generation, defined as providing care to both children and parents or in-laws, and five health behaviors: checking the food label for health value when buying foods, using a seat belt, choosing foods based on health value, exercising regularly, and cigarette smoking.…

  19. Effect of the parameters of a sandwich structure with a honeycomb core on its soundproofing capacity

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    Tkachev, A. A.

    Expressions for estimating the soundproofing capacity of sandwich structures with a honeycomb core are obtained by using equations of transverse vibrations of a plate with allowance for the flexural and shear waves. The expressions provide an adequate description of the experimentally observed effects and make it possible to predict the effect of the parameters of a structure on its soundproofing efficiency.

  20. Experimental investigation of graphite/polyimide sandwich panels in edgewise compression. M.S. Thesis

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    Camarda, C. J.

    1980-01-01

    The local and general buckling of graphite/polyimide sandwich panels simply supported along all four edges and loaded in uniaxial edgewise compression is investigated. Material properties of sandwich panel constituents (adhesive and facings) were determined from flatwise tension and sandwich beam flexure tests. An adhesive bond study resulted in the selection of a suitable cure cycle for FM 34 polyimide film adhesive and, a bonding technique using a liquid cell edge version of that adhesive resulted in considerable mass savings. Tensile and compressive material properties of the facings, quasiisotropic, symmetric, laminates (0, +45,90,-45)s of Celion/PMR-15, were determined at 116, R.T., and 589 K (-250, R.T., and 600 F) usng the sandwich beam flexure test method. Results indicate the Gr/PI is a usable structural material for short term use at temperatures as high as 589 K (600 F). Buckling specimens were 1006.5 sq cm. 156 sq in., had quasiisotropic symmetric facings (0, + or - 45,90)s and a glass/polyimide honeycomb core (HRH-327-3/8-4).

  1. Ferrocene analogues of sandwich B12CrB12: a theoretical study.

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    Yuan, Yuan; Cheng, Longjiu

    2013-01-14

    The bowl B(12) cluster was previously reported to be analogous to benzene and predicted to be one of the best candidates to be new inorganic ligands. The structural stability and electronic properties of a new sandwich compound Cr(B(12))(2) (D(3d)) have been investigated by using density functional theory. It is found that the sandwich Cr(B(12))(2) (D(3d)) is a stable complex with large binding energy (-5.93 eV) and HOMO-LUMO gap (2.37 eV), as well as Fe(C(5)H(5))(2) and Cr(C(6)H(6))(2), following the 18-electron principle. The detailed molecular orbitals and aromaticity analyses indicate that the sandwich compound Cr(B(12))(2) (D(3d)) is electronically very stable. The natural bond orbital analysis suggests that spd-? interaction plays an important role in the sandwich compounds. PMID:23320677

  2. ACTIV: Sandwich Detector Activity from In-Pile Slowing-Down Spectra Experiment

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    2013-08-01

    ACTIV calculates the activities of a sandwich detector, to be used for in-pile measurements in slowing-down spectra below a few keV. The effect of scattering with energy degradation in the filter and in the detectors has been included to a first approximation.

  3. Job Burnout and Couple Burnout in Dual-Earner Couples in the Sandwiched Generation

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    Pines, Ayala Malach; Neal, Margaret B.; Hammer, Leslie B.; Icekson, Tamar

    2011-01-01

    We use existential theory as a framework to explore the levels of and relationship between job and couple burnout reported by dual-earner couples in the "sandwich generation" (i.e., couples caring both for children and aging parents) in a sample of such couples in Israel and the United States. This comparison enables an examination of the…

  4. Effects of processing variables on the quality of co-cured sandwich panels

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    Jouin, Pierre; Pollock, David; Rudisill, Ed

    This paper summarizes basic studies conducted to compare the effects of various processes and materials on the quality of co-cured honeycomb sandwich panels with carbon-epoxy facings. Manipulation of the vacuum-pressure-temperature schedules of those processes resulted in improved facing surface quality, compaction, and sealing. The mechanical properties of those panels also improved.

  5. Distinctive electrical properties in sandwich-structured Al2O3/low density polyethylene nanocomposites

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    Wang, Si-Jiao; Zha, Jun-Wei; Li, Wei-Kang; Dang, Zhi-Min

    2016-02-01

    The sandwich-structured Al2O3/low density polyethylene (Al2O3/LDPE) nanocomposite dielectrics consisting of layer-by-layer with different concentration Al2O3 loading were prepared by melt-blending and following hot pressing method. The space charge distribution from pulsed electro-acoustic method and breakdown strength of the nanocomposites were investigated. Compared with the single-layer Al2O3/LDPE nanocomposites, the sandwich-structured nanocomposites remarkably suppressed the space charge accumulation and presented higher breakdown strength. The charges in the sandwich-structured nanocomposites decayed much faster than that in the single-layer nanocomposites, which was attributed to an effective electric field caused by the formation of the interfacial space charges. The energy depth of shallow and deep traps was estimated as 0.73 eV and 1.17 eV in the sandwich-structured nanocomposites, respectively, according to the thermal excitation theoretical model we proposed. This work provides an attractive strategy of design and fabrication of polymer nanocomposites with excellent space charge suppression.

  6. Tensile mechanical properties of metal honeycomb sandwich structure with interface connection defects

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    He, Xiaodong; Kong, Xianghao

    2010-04-01

    Thermal protection system is one of the key technologies of reusable launch vehicle (RLV). The ARMOR TPS is one of important candidate structure of RLV. ARMOR TPS has many advantages, for example: fixing easily, longer life, good properties, short time of maintenance and service. In comparison with traditional TPS, the ARMOR TPS will be the best selection for all kinds of RLV. So the ARMOR thermal protection system will be used in aviation and spaceflight field more and more widely because of its much better performance. ARMOR TPS panel is above the whole ARMOR TPS, and the metal honeycomb sandwich structure is the surface of the ARMOR TPS panel. So the metal honeycomb sandwich structure plays an important role in the ARMOR TPS, while it bears the flight dynamic pressure and stands against the flight dynamic calefaction. Because the active environment of metal honeycomb sandwich structure is very formidable, it can produce interface connection defects which can exist in the process of manufacture as well. Tensile mechanical properties of the metallic honeycomb sandwich structure with defects are analyzed to obtain damage tolerance of the structure. The effect of shape, dimension and location of defects on the tensile mechanical properties is conducted by experimental study. Then finite element analysis is performed to validate the experimental results. Haynes214 which is a kind of super alloy materials with high performances is chosen as both face sheet and core in this paper.

  7. Damage Detection and Impact Testing on Laminated and Sandwich Composite Panels

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    Hughes, Derke R.; Craft, William J.; Schulz, Mark J.; Naser, Ahmad S.; Martin, William N.

    1998-01-01

    This research investigates health monitoring of sandwich shell composites to determine if the Transmittance Functions (TF) are effective in determining the present of damage. The health monitoring test was conducted on the sandwich plates before and after low velocity impacts using the health monitoring technique given in TFs are a NDE (Nondestructive Evaluation) technique that utilizes the ratios of cross-spectrums to auto-spectrums between two response points on the sandwich composites. The test for transmittance was conducted on the same density foam core throughout the experiment. The test specimens were 17.8 cm by 25.4 cm in dimension. The external sheets (face sheets) were created from graphite/epoxy laminate with dimension of 1.58 mm thick. The polymethacrylide (Rohacell) foam core was 12.7 mm thick. These samples experienced a transformation in the TF that was considered the low velocity impact damage. The low velocity damage was observed in the TFs for the sandwich composites.

  8. Optimum stacking sequence design of composite sandwich panel using genetic algorithms

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    Bir, Amarpreet Singh

    Composite sandwich structures recently gained preference for various structural components over conventional metals and simple composite laminates in the aerospace industries. For most widely used composite sandwich structures, the optimization problems only requires the determination of the best stacking sequence and the number of laminae with different fiber orientations. Genetic algorithm optimization technique based on Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest and evolution is most suitable for solving such optimization problems. The present research work focuses on the stacking sequence optimization of composite sandwich panels with laminated face-sheets for both critical buckling load maximization and thickness minimization problems, subjected to bi-axial compressive loading. In the previous studies, only balanced and even-numbered simple composite laminate panels have been investigated ignoring the effects of bending-twisting coupling terms. The current work broadens the application of genetic algorithms to more complex composite sandwich panels with balanced, unbalanced, even and odd-numbered face-sheet laminates including the effects of bending-twisting coupling terms.

  9. Job Burnout and Couple Burnout in Dual-Earner Couples in the Sandwiched Generation

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    Pines, Ayala Malach; Neal, Margaret B.; Hammer, Leslie B.; Icekson, Tamar

    2011-01-01

    We use existential theory as a framework to explore the levels of and relationship between job and couple burnout reported by dual-earner couples in the "sandwich generation" (i.e., couples caring both for children and aging parents) in a sample of such couples in Israel and the United States. This comparison enables an examination of the

  10. Phonons transmission by thin films sandwiched between two similar fcc structures

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    Belkacemi, Ghania; Bourahla, Boualem

    2015-09-01

    An analytical and numerical formalism are developed to study the influence of the sandwiched atomic films on the vibration properties and phonon transmission modes in fcc waveguides. The model system consists of two identical semi-infinite fcc leads joined by ultrathin atomic films in between. The matching technique is applied to calculate the local Green's functions for the irreducible set of sites that constitute the inhomogeneous domain. Numerical results are presented for the reflection/transmission, total phonon transmittance and localized vibration states in considered fcc lattices. The results show that vibrational properties of the sandwich materials are strongly dependent on the scattering frequency, the thickness of the insured films, incidence angles and elastic boundary conditions. We note that some of the fluctuations, observed in the vibration spectra, are related to Fano resonances, they are due to the coherent coupling between travelling phonons and the localized vibration modes in the neighborhood of the nanojunction domains. The number of localized modes which interact with the propagating modes of the continuum is proportional to the number of the sandwiched Slabs in the interfacial zone. The results give also the effect of the sandwiched ultrathin films on elastic waves propagation by atomic interfaces in fcc lattices.

  11. Comparison of Theory with Experimental Data For a Partially Covered Double-Sandwich Cantilever Beam

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    Chen, Qinghua; Levy, Cesar

    1998-01-01

    In this paper, vibration characteristics of a partially covered, double-sandwich cantilever beam are evaluated experimentally and compared to the theoretical results of Levy and Chen for partially covered beams with and without end mass. The results obtained indicate that the theoretical models serve very well in providing the frequency factors and loss factors for the system being investigated.

  12. Enhanced thermal stability of functionally graded sandwich cylindrical shells by shape memory alloys

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    Asadi, H.; Akbarzadeh, A. H.; Chen, Z. T.; Aghdam, M. M.

    2015-04-01

    The present paper deals with the nonlinear thermal instability of geometrically imperfect sandwich cylindrical shells under uniform heating. The sandwich shells are made of a shape memory alloy (SMA)-fiber-reinforced composite and functionally graded (FG) face sheets (FG/SMA/FG). The Brinson phenomenological model is used to express the constitutive characteristics of SMA fibers. The governing equations are established within the framework of the third-order shear deformation shell theory by taking into account the von Karman geometrical nonlinearity and initial imperfection. The material properties of constituents are assumed to be temperature dependent. The Galerkin technique is utilized to derive expressions of the bifurcation points and bifurcation paths of the sandwich cylindrical shells. Using the developed closed-form solutions, extensive numerical results are presented to provide an insight into the influence of the SMA fiber volume fraction, SMA pre-strain, core thickness, non-homogeneity index, geometrical imperfection, geometry parameters of sandwich shells and temperature dependency of materials on the stability of shells. The results reveal that proper application of SMA fibers postpones the thermal bifurcation point and dramatically decreases thermal post-buckling deflection. Moreover, the induced tensile recovery stress of SMA fibers could also stabilize the geometrically imperfect shells during the inverse martensite phase transformation.

  13. Extremely low-frequency Lamb wave band gaps in a sandwich phononic crystal thin plate

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    Shen, Li; Wu, Jiu Hui; Liu, Zhangyi; Fu, Gang

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, a kind of sandwich phononic crystal (PC) plate with silicon rubber scatterers embedded in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) matrix is proposed to demonstrate its low-frequency Lamb wave band gap (BG) characteristics. The dispersion relationship and the displacement vector fields of the basic slab modes and the locally resonant modes are investigated to show the BG formation mechanism. The anti-symmetric Lamb wave BG is further studied due to its important function in reducing vibration. The analysis on the BG characteristics of the PC through changing their geometrical parameters is performed. By optimizing the structure, a sandwich PC plate with a thickness of only 3 mm and a lower boundary (as low as 23.9 Hz) of the first anti-symmetric BG is designed. Finally, sound insulation experiment on a sandwich PC plate with the thickness of only 2.5 mm is conducted, showing satisfactory noise reduction effect in the frequency range of the anti-symmetric Lamb BG. Therefore, this kind of sandwich PC plate has potential applications in controlling vibration and noise in low-frequency ranges.

  14. Ultra-Lightweight Nanocomposite Foams and Sandwich Structures for Space Structure Applications

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    Tan, Seng

    2012-01-01

    Microcellular nanocomposite foams and sandwich structures have been created to have excellent electrical conductivity and radiation-resistant properties using a new method that does not involve or release any toxicity. The nanocomposite structures have been scaled up in size to 12 X 12 in. (30 X 30 cm) for components fabrication. These sandwich materials were fabricated mainly from PE, CNF, and carbon fibers. Test results indicate that they have very good compression and compression-after-impact properties, excellent electrical conductivity, and superior space environment durability. Compression tests show that 1000 ESH (equivalent Sun hours) of UV exposure has no effect on the structural properties of the sandwich structures. The structures are considerably lighter than aluminum alloy (= 36 percent lighter), which translates to 36 percent weight savings of the electronic enclosure and its housing. The good mechanical properties of the materials may enable the electronic housing to be fabricated with a thinner structure that further reduces the weight. There was no difficulty in machining the sandwich specimens into electronic enclosure housing.

  15. Qualitative and quantitative detection of T7 bacteriophages using paper based sandwich ELISA.

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    Khan, Mohidus Samad; Pande, Tripti; van de Ven, Theo G M

    2015-08-01

    Viruses cause many infectious diseases and consequently epidemic health threats. Paper based diagnostics and filters can offer attractive options for detecting and deactivating pathogens. However, due to their infectious characteristics, virus detection using paper diagnostics is more challenging compared to the detection of bacteria, enzymes, DNA or antigens. The major objective of this study was to prepare reliable, degradable and low cost paper diagnostics to detect viruses, without using sophisticated optical or microfluidic analytical instruments. T7 bacteriophage was used as a model virus. A paper based sandwich ELISA technique was developed to detect and quantify the T7 phages in solution. The paper based sandwich ELISA detected T7 phage concentrations as low as 100 pfu/mL to as high as 10(9) pfu/mL. The compatibility of paper based sandwich ELISA with the conventional titre count was tested using T7 phage solutions of unknown concentrations. The paper based sandwich ELISA technique is faster and economical compared to the traditional detection techniques. Therefore, with proper calibration and right reagents, and by following the biosafety regulations, the paper based technique can be said to be compatible and economical to the sophisticated laboratory diagnostic techniques applied to detect pathogenic viruses and other microorganisms. PMID:26052109

  16. The Association between Membership in the Sandwich Generation and Health Behaviors: A Longitudinal Study

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    Chassin, Laurie; Macy, Jon T.; Seo, Dong-Chul; Presson, Clark C.; Sherman, Steven J.

    2010-01-01

    The current study examined the association between membership in the sandwich generation, defined as providing care to both children and parents or in-laws, and five health behaviors: checking the food label for health value when buying foods, using a seat belt, choosing foods based on health value, exercising regularly, and cigarette smoking.

  17. Response of Composite Fuselage Sandwich Side Panels Subjected to Internal Pressure and Axial Tension

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    Rouse, Marshall; Ambur, Damodar R.; Dopker, Bernard; Shah, Bharat

    1998-01-01

    The results from an experimental and analytical study of two composite sandwich fuselage side panels for a transport aircraft are presented. Each panel has two window cutouts and three frames and utilizes a distinctly different structural concept. These panels have been evaluated with internal pressure loads that generate biaxial tension loading conditions. Design limit load and design ultimate load tests have been performed on both panels. One of the sandwich panels was tested with the middle frame removed to demonstrate the suitability of this two-frame design for supporting the prescribed biaxial loading conditions with twice the initial frame spacing of 20 inches. A damage tolerance study was conducted on the two-frame panel by cutting a notch in the panel that originates at the edge of a cutout and extends in the panel hoop direction through the window-belt area. This panel with a notch was tested in a combined-load condition to demonstrate the structural damage tolerance at the design limit load condition. Both the sandwich panel designs successfully satisfied all desired load requirements in the experimental part of the study, and experimental results from the two-frame panel with and without damage are fully explained by the analytical results. The results of this study suggest that there is potential for using sandwich structural concepts with greater than the usual 20-in. wide frame spacing to further reduce aircraft fuselage structural weight.

  18. Research on Transient Liquid Phase Diffusion Bonding of Steel Sandwich Panels Under Small Plastic Deformation

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    Li, H.; Li, Z. X.

    2008-12-01

    Plastic deformation was newly introduced in transient liquid phase (TLP) diffusion bonding of steel sandwich panels. The effect of plastic deformation on bonding strength was investigated through lab experiments. It was assumed that three factors, including newly generated metal surface area, deformation heat, and lattice distortion, contribute to the acceleration of interface atoms diffusion and increase of diffusion coefficients. A numerical model of isothermal solidification time was developed for TLP bonding process under plastic deformation and applied to carbon steel sandwich panels bonding with copper interlayer. A reasonable isothermal solidification time was obtained when an effective diffusion coefficient was used. Based on lab experiments, the effects of plastic deformation on interlayer film thickness and isothermal solidification time were studied through theoretical calculation with the new model. The evolution of interlayer film thickness indicates a good agreement between the calculation and experimental measurement. The results show that the isothermal solidification time is obviously reduced due to the effect of plastic deformation. Furthermore, a new steel sandwich cooling panel for heat exchanger was fabricated by TLP diffusion bonding under 13.1% plastic deformation. The test results suggest that a steel sandwich panel of inequidistant fin structure can provide enhanced heat transfer efficiency.

  19. Stern-gerlach study of multidecker lanthanide-cyclooctatetraene sandwich clusters.

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    Miyajima, Ken; Knickelbein, Mark B; Nakajima, Atsushi

    2008-01-24

    Multilayer lanthanide-cyclooctatetraene organometallic clusters, Lnn(C8H8)m (Ln = Eu, Tb, Ho, Tm; n = 1-7; m = n - 1, n, n + 1) were produced by a laser vaporization synthesis method. The magnetic deflections of these organometallic sandwich clusters were measured by a molecular beam magnetic deflection technique. Most of the sandwich species displayed one-sided deflection, while some of smaller Ln-C8H8 clusters showed symmetric broadening without or with only very small (or absent) net high-field deflection. In general, the total magnetic moments, calculated from the magnitude of the beams deflections, increase with the number of lanthanide atoms (i.e., with increasing sandwich layers); however for Tb-, Ho-, and Tm-C8H8 clusters with n > 3, the suppression of the magnetic moments was observed, possibly through antiferromagnetic interactions. For Eu-C8H8 clusters, we observe a linear increase of the magnetic moments with the number of Eu atoms up to n = 7, with average magnetic moment per Eu atom around 7 muB--similar to that displayed by conventionally synthesized mononuclear EuIIC8H8 complexes, indicating that Eu atoms exist as Eu2+ ions in the full sandwich Eun(C8H8)n+1 clusters. These results suggest that Eun(C8H8)n+1 is a promising candidate for a high-spin, one-dimensional building block in organometallic magnetic materials. PMID:18166028

  20. The Effect of Heat Treatment on Mechanical Properties of Thermally Sprayed Sandwich Structure Beams

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    Salavati, Saeid; Coyle, Thomas W.; Mostaghimi, Javad

    2016-01-01

    The application of metallic foam core sandwich structures in engineering components has been of particular interest in recent years because of their unique mechanical and thermal properties. Thermal spraying of the skin on the foam structure has recently been employed as a novel cost-efficient method for fabrication of these structures from refractory materials with complex shapes that could not otherwise be easily fabricated. The mechanical behavior of these structures under flexural loading is important in most applications. Previous studies have suggested that heat treatment of the thermally sprayed sandwich structures could improve the ductility of the skins and so affect the failure mode. In the present study, the mechanical behavior of sandwich beams prepared from arc sprayed alloy 625 skin on 40 ppi nickel foam was characterized under four point bending. The ductility of the arc sprayed alloy 625 coatings was improved after heat treatment at 1100 and 900 °C while the yield point was reduced. Heat treatment of the sandwich beams reduced the danger of catastrophic failure.

  1. Integration of Mechanics and Acoustics in a Sandwich Fuselage. Part IV

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    Tooren, M. J. L.; Krakers, L. A.; Beukers, A.

    2005-01-01

    Until now only the stiffened skin structural concept has been discussed. A different structural concept is the sandwich concept. Sandwiches consist out of layers. The outer layers are called facings and are generally thin and of high density. These facings are supposed to resist most of the edgewise loads and flat-wise bending moments. The inner layer is called the core and is generally rather thick and of low density. The task of the core is to separate and stabilize the two facings, transmit shear between the facings and provide most of the shear rigidity. For sandwich panels no stiffeners are needed. Therefore no mass will be lost in stiffeners resulting in a relative high value of mass per unit area of the skin which results in a better TL according to the mass law. Also the core can be made of a material with high insulation properties (acoustic and thermal). The number of discrete stiffeners can then be minimized, since they are only required at places where high concentrated forces have to be introduced (wing, landing gear, etc.) or diverted (from cut-outs). This can reduce the production and maintenance cost. So it can be concluded that the sandwich concept offers great potential for multidisciplinary fuselage design.

  2. The Effect of Heat Treatment on Mechanical Properties of Thermally Sprayed Sandwich Structure Beams

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    Salavati, Saeid; Coyle, Thomas W.; Mostaghimi, Javad

    2015-09-01

    The application of metallic foam core sandwich structures in engineering components has been of particular interest in recent years because of their unique mechanical and thermal properties. Thermal spraying of the skin on the foam structure has recently been employed as a novel cost-efficient method for fabrication of these structures from refractory materials with complex shapes that could not otherwise be easily fabricated. The mechanical behavior of these structures under flexural loading is important in most applications. Previous studies have suggested that heat treatment of the thermally sprayed sandwich structures could improve the ductility of the skins and so affect the failure mode. In the present study, the mechanical behavior of sandwich beams prepared from arc sprayed alloy 625 skin on 40 ppi nickel foam was characterized under four point bending. The ductility of the arc sprayed alloy 625 coatings was improved after heat treatment at 1100 and 900 C while the yield point was reduced. Heat treatment of the sandwich beams reduced the danger of catastrophic failure.

  3. STS-43 Pilot Baker eats a sandwich on OV-104's forward flight deck

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    1991-01-01

    STS-43 Pilot Michael A. Baker, seated at the forward flight deck pilots station controls, eats a freefloating peanut butter and jelly sandwich while holding a carrot. Surrounding Baker on Atlantis', Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 104's, flight deck are procedural checklists, control panels, and windows. A lemonade drink bag is velcroed to overhead panel O9.

  4. Computer program for determination of natural frequencies of closed spherical sandwich shells

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    Wilkinson, J. P. D.

    1967-01-01

    Solutions for the axially symmetric motion of an elastic spherical sandwich shell have been obtained from a theory of shells which includes the effects of transverse shear deformation and rotary inertia. Frequency equations and mode shapes are derived for the full vibrations of a closed spherical shell.

  5. A high-throughput, precipitating colorimetric sandwich ELISA microarray for shiga toxins

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    Shiga toxins 1 and 2 (Stx1 and Stx2) from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria were simultaneously detected with a newly developed, high-throughput antibody microarray platform. The proteinaceous toxins were immobilized and sandwiched between biorecognition elements (monoclonal antibodies)...

  6. Structural-acoustic optimization of sandwich structures with cellular cores for minimum sound radiation

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    Denli, H.; Sun, J. Q.

    2007-03-01

    An optimization study of sandwich structures with cellular cores for minimum noise radiation in a wide frequency band, subject to the constraints on the fundamental frequency and weight is presented. Sensitivity functions of the radiated acoustic power are used to improve the computational time and accuracy in near optimization. Numerical examples indicate that significant reduction of narrowband and broadband sound radiation can be achieved.

  7. Survival of Salmonella in Cookie and Cracker Sandwiches Containing Inoculated, Low-Water Activity Fillings.

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    Beuchat, Larry R; Mann, David A

    2015-10-01

    A study was done to determine the rate of inactivation of Salmonella in cookie and cracker snack sandwiches. Two cookie bases (chocolate and vanilla) and cheese crackers, along with high-sugar chocolate and peanut butter-based crme cookie fillings and peanut butter- and cheese-based cracker fillings, were obtained from commercial sources. Fillings and sandwiches containing fillings that had been dry- or wet-inoculated with Salmonella were stored at 25C for 1, 6, 21, 35, 70, 112, and 182 days (6 months). At initial populations of 3.4 and 3.6 log CFU/g of cookie sandwiches containing chocolate crme and peanut butter crme fillings, respectively, Salmonella survived for at least 182 days; initially at 0.36 log CFU/g, the pathogen survived for at least 35 and 70 days. Initially at 2.9 and 3.4 log CFU/g of cracker sandwiches containing peanut butter- and cheese-based fillings, respectively, Salmonella survived for at least 182 and 112 days; initially at 0.53 log CFU/g, the pathogen survived for at least 6 and 35 days. Inactivation of Salmonella was more rapid in wet-inoculated peanut butter crme cookie filling than in dry-inoculated filling but was less affected by type of inoculum in peanut butter-based cracker filling. Chocolate cookie base (water activity [aw] 0.39) and chocolate crme filling (aw 0.30) components of sandwiches equilibrated to aw 0.38 within 15 days at 25C; vanilla cookie base (aw 0.21) and peanut butter-based crme filling (aw 0.27) equilibrated to aw 0.24 between 50 and 80 days. Cheese cracker (aw 0.14) and peanut butter-based filling (aw 0.31) or cheese-based filling (aw 0.33) components of sandwiches equilibrated to aw 0.33 in 80 days. The ability of Salmonella to survive for at least 182 days in fillings of cookie and cracker sandwiches demonstrates a need to assure that filling ingredients do not contain the pathogen and that contamination does not occur during manufacture. PMID:26408131

  8. Metal Foam Analysis: Improving Sandwich Structure Technology for Engine Fan and Propeller Blades

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    Fedor, Jessica L.

    2004-01-01

    The Life Prediction Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center is searching for ways to construct aircraft and rotorcraft engine fan and propeller blades that are lighter and less costly. One possible design is to create a sandwich structure composed of two metal faces sheets and a metal foam core. The face sheets would carry the bending loads and the foam core would have to resist the transverse shear loads. Metal foam is ideal because of its low density and energy absorption capabilities, making the structure lighter, yet still stiff. The material chosen for the face sheets and core was 17-4PH stainless steel, which is easy to make and has appealing mechanical properties. This material can be made inexpensively compared to titanium and polymer matrix composites, the two current fan blade alternatives. Initial tests were performed on design models, including vibration and stress analysis. These tests revealed that the design is competitive with existing designs; however, some problems were apparent that must be addressed before it can be implemented in new technology. The foam did not hold up as well as expected under stress. This could be due to a number of issues, but was most likely a result of a large number of pores within the steel that weakened the structure. The brazing between the face sheets and the foam was also identified as a concern. The braze did not hold up well under shear stress causing the foam to break away from the face sheets. My role in this project was to analyze different options for improving the design. I primarily spent my time examining various foam samples, created with different sintering conditions, to see which exhibited the most favorable characteristics for our purpose. Methods of analysis that I employed included examining strut integrity under a microscope, counting the number of cells per inch, measuring the density, testing the microhardness, and testing the strength under compression. Shear testing will also be done to examine the strengths of different types of brazes.

  9. Sandwiched assembly of ZnO nanowires between graphene layers for a self-powered and fast responsive ultraviolet photodetector

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    Deka Boruah, Buddha; Mukherjee, Anwesha; Misra, Abha

    2016-03-01

    A heterostructure of graphene and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) is fabricated by sandwiching an array of ZnO NWs between two graphene layers for an ultraviolet (UV) photodetector. This unique structure allows NWs to be in direct contact with the graphene layers, minimizing the effect of the substrate or metal electrodes. In this device, graphene layers act as highly conducting electrodes with a high mobility of the generated charge carriers. An excellent sensitivity is demonstrated towards UV illumination, with a reversible photoresponse even for a short period of UV illumination. Response and recovery times of a few milliseconds demonstrated a much faster photoresponse than most of the conventional ZnO nanostructure-based photodetectors. It is shown that the generation of a built-in electric field between the interface of graphene and ZnO NWs effectively contributes to the separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs for photocurrent generation without applying any external bias. Upon application of external bias voltage, the electric field further increases the drift velocity of photogenerated electrons by reducing the charge recombination rates, and results in an enhancement of the photocurrent. Therefore, the graphene-based heterostructure (G/ZnO NW/G) opens avenues to constructing a novel heterostructure with a combination of two functionally dissimilar materials.

  10. Sandwiched assembly of ZnO nanowires between graphene layers for a self-powered and fast responsive ultraviolet photodetector.

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    Boruah, Buddha Deka; Mukherjee, Anwesha; Misra, Abha

    2016-03-01

    A heterostructure of graphene and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) is fabricated by sandwiching an array of ZnO NWs between two graphene layers for an ultraviolet (UV) photodetector. This unique structure allows NWs to be in direct contact with the graphene layers, minimizing the effect of the substrate or metal electrodes. In this device, graphene layers act as highly conducting electrodes with a high mobility of the generated charge carriers. An excellent sensitivity is demonstrated towards UV illumination, with a reversible photoresponse even for a short period of UV illumination. Response and recovery times of a few milliseconds demonstrated a much faster photoresponse than most of the conventional ZnO nanostructure-based photodetectors. It is shown that the generation of a built-in electric field between the interface of graphene and ZnO NWs effectively contributes to the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs for photocurrent generation without applying any external bias. Upon application of external bias voltage, the electric field further increases the drift velocity of photogenerated electrons by reducing the charge recombination rates, and results in an enhancement of the photocurrent. Therefore, the graphene-based heterostructure (G/ZnO NW/G) opens avenues to constructing a novel heterostructure with a combination of two functionally dissimilar materials. PMID:26857833

  11. A Study for the Characteristic Changes Under the Repeated Thermal Exposure in the Process of Repairing Aircraft Sandwich Structures

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    Kim, Yun Hae; Han, Joong Won; Kim, Don Won; Choi, Byung Keun; Murakami, R.

    Delamination can be observed in the sound areas during and/or after a couple times exposure to the elevated curing temperature due to the repeated repair condition. This study was conducted for checking the degree of degradation of properties of the cured parts and delamination between skin prepreg and honeycomb core. Specimens with glass honeycomb sandwich construction and glass/epoxy prepreg were prepared. The specimens were cured 1 to 5 times at 260F in an autoclave and each additionally exposed 50, 100 and 150 hours in the 260F oven. Each specimen was tested for tensile strength, compressive strength, flatwise tensile strength and interlaminar shear strength. To monitor the characteristics of the resin itself, the cured resin was tested using DMA and DSC. As a results, the decrease of Tg value were observed in the specific specimen which is exposed over 50 hrs at 260F. This means the change or degradative of resin properties is also related to the decrease of flatwise tensile properties. Accordingly, minimal exposure on the curing temperature is recommended for parts in order to prevent the delation and maintain the better condition.

  12. A highly sensitive sandwich ELISA for the determination of glycomacropeptide to detect liquid whey in raw milk.

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    Chvez, Norma A; Jauregui, Juan; Palomares, Laura A; Macas, Karla E; Jimnez, Mariela; Salinas, Eva

    2012-03-01

    Milk processing industries and distributors have problems with adulteration of liquid milk by the addition of bovine cheese whey. Recently, the detection of fraudulent manipulation of milk with whey has focused on the identification of glycomacropeptide (GMP). Current non-immunological methods to detect GMP in dairy products are expensive and time-consuming or have low sensitivity. In this study, a novel sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the detection and quantification of whey in raw milk was developed, using a polyclonal rabbit anti-GMP antibody. Calibration curves were constructed by analyzing raw milk standards containing different known concentrations of liquid cheese whey (0.02-20%). The method had a detection limit of 0.047% (v/v) and a quantification limit of 0.14% (v/v). The antibody showed high specificity and no cross-reaction with milk components (other than ?-casein) and was successful in detecting GMP in dairy commercial products. The recovery ratio was between 95.62% and 113.88% for all matrices tested. The intra-assay and interassay coefficients of variation were <6% and <7%, respectively. Finally, it can be stored for 3months in the form of a ready-to-use kit, while maintaining its accuracy and reproducibility. PMID:22662290

  13. Construction Work

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    Construction work taking place at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. Funding for the road project at Theodore Roosevelt National Park comes from the $170 million appropriated for the Federal Highway Administration to spend on roads in national parks....

  14. Constructive Confrontation.

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    School Business Affairs, 1992

    1992-01-01

    Among the patterns of behavior that indicated chronic deterioration of job performance are absenteeism, confusion and difficulty in concentration, poor collegial relations, and rigidity. Outlines steps that a principal can take to have a constructive confrontation with a troubled employee for that person to be motivated and take the initiative for…

  15. Abstract Constructions.

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    Pietropola, Anne

    1998-01-01

    Describes a lesson designed to culminate a year of eighth-grade art classes in which students explore elements of design and space by creating 3-D abstract constructions. Outlines the process of using foam board and markers to create various shapes and optical effects. (DSK)

  16. Constructive Criticism.

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    Lieberfeld, Lawrence

    1982-01-01

    Many crucial questions need to be answered before a college embarks on a construction project and makes a substantial financial commitment. Computer modeling techniques can be used to make even complex project feasibility analyses. Available from Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154. (MSE)

  17. Constructive Interaction.

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    Miyake, Naomi

    To identify conditions that make a conversational interaction constructive--in the sense that the participants can find the way toward the success of what they wanted to accomplish--two situations were examined. In one, a professional researcher explained her data to a statistician. In the other, three groups of two people cooperated with each

  18. Clay Nanocomposite/Aerogel Sandwich Structures for Cryotanks

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    Miller, Sandi; Leventis, Nicholas; Johnston, J. Chris; Meador, Michael

    2006-01-01

    GRC research has led to the development of epoxy-clay nanocomposites with 60-70% lower gas permeability than the base epoxy resin. Filament wound carbon fiber reinforced tanks made with this nanocomposite had a five-fold lower helium leak rate than the corresponding tanks made without clay. More recent work has produced new composites with more than a 100-fold reduction in helium permeability. Use of these advanced, high barrier composites would eliminate the need for a liner in composite cryotanks, thereby simplifying construction and reducing propellant leakage. Aerogels are attractive materials for use as cryotank insulation because of their low density and low thermal conductivity. However, aerogels are fragile and have poor environmental stability, which have limited their use to certain applications in specialized environments (e.g., in certain types of nuclear reactors as Cerenkov radiation detectors, and as thermal insulators aboard space rovers on Mars). New GRC developed polymer crosslinked aerogels (X-Aerogels) retain the low density of conventional aerogels, but they demonstrate a 300-fold increase in their mechanical strength. Currently, our strongest materials combine a density of approx. 0.45 g/cc, a thermal conductivity of approx. 0.04 W/mK and a compressive strength of 185 MPa. Use of these novel aerogels as insulation materials/structural components in combination with the low permeability of epoxy-clay nanocomposites could significantly reduce cryotank weight and improve durability.

  19. Sandwich type plasmonic platform for MEF using silver fractals.

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    Raut, Sangram L; Rich, Ryan; Shtoyko, Tanya; Bora, Ilkay; Laursen, Bo W; Srensen, Thomas Just; Borejdo, Julian; Gryczynski, Zygmunt; Gryczynski, Ignacy

    2015-10-22

    In this report, we describe a plasmonic platform with silver fractals for metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) measurements. When a dye containing surface was brought into contact with silver fractals, a significantly enhanced fluorescence signal from the dye was observed. Fluorescence enhancement was studied with the N-methyl-azadioxatriangulenium chloride salt (Me-ADOTACl) in PVA films made from 0.2% PVA (w/v) solution spin-coated on a clean glass coverslip. The Plasmonic Platforms (PP) were assembled by pressing together silver fractals on one glass slide and a separate glass coverslip spin-coated with a uniform Me-ADOTACl in PVA film. In addition, we also tested ADOTA labeled human serum albumin (HSA) deposited on a glass slide for potential PP bioassay applications. Using the new PP, we could achieve more than a 20-fold fluorescence enhancement (bright spots) accompanied by a decrease in the fluorescence lifetime. The experimental results were used to calculate the extinction (excitation) enhancement factor (GA) and fluorescence radiative rate enhancements factor (GF). No change in emission spectrum was observed for a dye with or without contact with fractals. Our studies indicate that this type of PP can be a convenient approach for constructing assays utilizing metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) without the need for depositing the material directly on metal structures platforms. PMID:26452215

  20. Sandwich type plasmonic platform for MEF using silver fractals

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    Raut, Sangram L.; Rich, Ryan; Shtoyko, Tanya; Bora, Ilkay; Laursen, Bo W.; Sørensen, Thomas Just; Borejdo, Julian; Gryczynski, Zygmunt; Gryczynski, Ignacy

    2015-10-01

    In this report, we describe a plasmonic platform with silver fractals for metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) measurements. When a dye containing surface was brought into contact with silver fractals, a significantly enhanced fluorescence signal from the dye was observed. Fluorescence enhancement was studied with the N-methyl-azadioxatriangulenium chloride salt (Me-ADOTA.Cl) in PVA films made from 0.2% PVA (w/v) solution spin-coated on a clean glass coverslip. The Plasmonic Platforms (PP) were assembled by pressing together silver fractals on one glass slide and a separate glass coverslip spin-coated with a uniform Me-ADOTA.Cl in PVA film. In addition, we also tested ADOTA labeled human serum albumin (HSA) deposited on a glass slide for potential PP bioassay applications. Using the new PP, we could achieve more than a 20-fold fluorescence enhancement (bright spots) accompanied by a decrease in the fluorescence lifetime. The experimental results were used to calculate the extinction (excitation) enhancement factor (GA) and fluorescence radiative rate enhancements factor (GF). No change in emission spectrum was observed for a dye with or without contact with fractals. Our studies indicate that this type of PP can be a convenient approach for constructing assays utilizing metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) without the need for depositing the material directly on metal structures platforms.

  1. Analysis of Thick Sandwich Shells with Embedded Ceramic Tiles

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    Davila, Carlos G.; Smith, C.; Lumban-Tobing, F.

    1996-01-01

    The Composite Armored Vehicle (CAV) is an advanced technology demonstrator of an all-composite ground combat vehicle. The CAV upper hull is made of a tough light-weight S2-glass/epoxy laminate with embedded ceramic tiles that serve as armor. The tiles are bonded to a rubber mat with a carefully selected, highly viscoelastic adhesive. The integration of armor and structure offers an efficient combination of ballistic protection and structural performance. The analysis of this anisotropic construction, with its inherent discontinuous and periodic nature, however, poses several challenges. The present paper describes a shell-based 'element-layering' technique that properly accounts for these effects and for the concentrated transverse shear flexibility in the rubber mat. One of the most important advantages of the element-layering technique over advanced higher-order elements is that it is based on conventional elements. This advantage allows the models to be portable to other structural analysis codes, a prerequisite in a program that involves the computational facilities of several manufacturers and government laboratories. The element-layering technique was implemented into an auto-layering program that automatically transforms a conventional shell model into a multi-layered model. The effects of tile layer homogenization, tile placement patterns, and tile gap size on the analysis results are described.

  2. From Dispersed Microspheres to Interconnected Nanospheres: Carbon-Sandwiched Monolayered MoS2 as High-Performance Anode of Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Shao, Jie; Qu, Qunting; Wan, Zhongming; Gao, Tian; Zuo, Zhichen; Zheng, Honghe

    2015-10-21

    Hierarchical structured carbon@MoS2 (C@MoS2) microspheres and nanospheres composed of carbon-sandwiched monolayered MoS2 building blocks are synthesized through a facile one-pot polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) micelle-assisted hydrothermal route. The dimension and carbon content of C@MoS2 spheres are effectively controlled by singly adjusting the concentration of PVP, which plays the dual functions of soft-template and carbon source. As the anode materials of Li-ion batteries, C@MoS2 nanospheres present considerably higher capacity, better rate behavior and cycling stability than C@MoS2 microspheres. The reasons are attributed to the unique interconnected nanospherical morphology and the internal hierarchical construction of C@MoS2 nanospheres with expanded MoS2/carbon interlayer spacing. PMID:26426361

  3. Sandwiches are major contributors of sodium in the diets of American adults: results from What We Eat in America, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2010.

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    Sebastian, Rhonda S; Wilkinson Enns, Cecilia; Goldman, Joseph D; Hoy, Mary K; Moshfegh, Alanna J

    2015-02-01

    Efforts to sharpen the focus of sodium reduction strategies include identification of major food group contributors of sodium intake. Although sandwiches are a staple of the American diet, previous examinations of their contribution to sodium intake captured only a small subset of sandwiches. One day of dietary intake data from 5,762 adults aged 20 years and older in What We Eat in America, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2010 was analyzed. Sandwiches were defined in a manner that more accurately reflected their frequency of consumption. Two-sided t tests were used to compare percentages of men and women reporting sandwiches; contributions of sandwiches to energy and sodium intakes (amounts in kilocalories and milligrams, respectively, and percent of daily totals) by sex; and total energy, total sodium, and sodium density (mg/1,000 kcal) by sandwich reporting status (reporter/nonreporter). On any given day, 49% of American adults ate sandwiches. A significantly higher percentage of men than women reported sandwiches (54% vs 44%, respectively; P<0.001), and sandwiches accounted for higher percentages of men's total energy and sodium intakes. Compared with individuals who did not report a sandwich on the intake day, sandwich reporters had significantly higher energy and sodium intakes; however, sodium density of the diet did not vary by sandwich reporting status. Although much national attention is appropriately focused on reducing sodium in the food supply, consumer choices still play a vital role. Due to sandwiches' frequent consumption and considerable contributions to sodium intake, substituting lower-sodium for higher-sodium ingredients in sandwiches could significantly influence sodium intakes. PMID:25300226

  4. Identification of honeycomb sandwich properties by high-resolution modal analysis

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    Rebillat, M.; Boutillon, X.

    2010-06-01

    A method is proposed to identify the mechanical properties of the skin and core materials of honeycomb sandwich. All the elastic coefficients and loss-factors that matter in the dynamics of a panel in the thick-plate approximation are identified. To this end, experimental natural modes (i.e. eigenmodes of the damped system) are compared to the numerical modes of a large sandwich panel (lx,y/h ? 80). The chosen generic model for the visco-elastic behaviour of the materials is E (1 + j?). The numerical modes are computed by means of a Rayleigh-Ritz procedure and their dampings are predicted according to the visco-elastic model. The frequencies and dampings of the natural modes of the panel are estimated experimentally by means of a high-resolution modal analysis technique. An optimisation procedure yields the desired coefficients. A sensitivity analysis assess the reliability of the method.

  5. High-Fidelity Modeling for Health Monitoring in Honeycomb Sandwich Structures

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    Luchinsky, Dimitry G.; Hafiychuk, Vasyl; Smelyanskiy, Vadim; Tyson, Richard W.; Walker, James L.; Miller, Jimmy L.

    2011-01-01

    High-Fidelity Model of the sandwich composite structure with real geometry is reported. The model includes two composite facesheets, honeycomb core, piezoelectric actuator/sensors, adhesive layers, and the impactor. The novel feature of the model is that it includes modeling of the impact and wave propagation in the structure before and after the impact. Results of modeling of the wave propagation, impact, and damage detection in sandwich honeycomb plates using piezoelectric actuator/sensor scheme are reported. The results of the simulations are compared with the experimental results. It is shown that the model is suitable for analysis of the physics of failure due to the impact and for testing structural health monitoring schemes based on guided wave propagation.

  6. Facesheet debonding criteria for composite sandwich panels under in-plane compression

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    Kim, W. C.; Dharan, C. K. H.

    1992-07-01

    A method for determining the critical debond size between the facesheet and the core in composite sandwich panels under in-plane compression is described. The approach uses fracture mechanics together with a buckling criterion for a debonded faceskin. The technique yields predictions for the critical in-plane compressive load for debond propagation as a function of core-to-faceskin debond size, faceskin thickness, lay-up, composite material properties, and honeycomb properties and geometry. A computer program, developed in this work, calculates the critical buckling load and facesheet deformed shape by solving an eigenvalue problem. The output predicts, for several cases, critical initial debond lengths comparable to those that have been observed on tests on sandwich panels.

  7. MoSi{sub 2}-based sandwich composite made by tape casting

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    Tuffe, S.; Wilkinson, D.S.

    1995-11-01

    The mechanical properties of a novel laminar composite made by tape casting have been studied. The composite consists of three layers in which an inner core of pure molybdenum disilicide (MoSi{sub 2}) is sandwiched between two layers of MoSi{sub 2} reinforced with alumina platelets. Monolithic MoSi{sub 2} exhibits poor room-temperature strength and a brittle indentation strength response, indicative of the absence of R-curve behavior. A 25 vol% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} platelet reinforced MoSi{sub 2}, however, shows increased strength and strong R-curve behavior. The flexural behavior of the sandwich composite (both strength and toughness) is dominated by the properties of the outer layer, so long as the thickness of this layer exceeds a critical value. A model has been developed which successfully predicts the critical thickness required.

  8. Development of lightweight graphite/polyimide sandwich panels, phases 3, 4 and 5

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    Merlette, J. B.

    1972-01-01

    Work performed in the last three phases of the program included: (1) face sheet processing; (2) honeycomb core manufacture; (3) face sheet-to-core bonding development; and (4) sandwich panel fabrication and testing. Resin cure studies were a major portion of this effort since processing problems traced to the polyimide matrix resin had to be resolved before quality core and face sheets could be fabricated. Honeycomb core fabrication and testing were conducted by Hexcel Corporation. A total of four graphite/polyimide resin composite cores were fabricated, tested, and reported. Two sandwich panels weighing .48 and .58 lb/sq ft, respectively were designed and fabricated which meet the support structure loads for the shuttle orbiter thermal protection system.

  9. Physical properties of mononuclear organoeuropium sandwich complexes ligated by cyclooctatetraene and bis(trimethylsilyl)cyclooctatetraene

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    Tsuji, Takashi; Fukazawa, Suguru; Sugiyama, Rion; Kawasaki, Kenshiro; Iwasa, Takeshi; Tsunoyama, Hironori; Tokitoh, Norihiro; Nakajima, Atsushi

    2014-03-01

    Mononuclear organoeuropium sandwich complexes were synthesized from ligands of 1,3,5,7-cyclooctatetraene (COT) and 1,4- and 1,6-bis(trimethylsilyl)-cyclooctatetraenes (COT?) in a liquid ammonia of europium (Eu) and lithium (Li). Elemental analyses revealed the chemical compositions as [(DME)Li]2Eu(COT)2 (1) and [(DME)Li]2Eu(COT?)2 (2). Vibrational analyses and magnetic measurements revealed a ligand-Eu-ligand sandwich structure. The Eu2+ ions induce paramagnetic behaviors at 6-300 K. Although UV-irradiated 1 and 2 emit light of similar color, the quantum yields of their toluene solution widely differ (2.4% and 21%, respectively). The effects of the trimethylsilyl group are evaluated from quantum chemical calculations.

  10. A Finite Element Analysis for Predicting the Residual Compression Strength of Impact-Damaged Sandwich Panels

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    Ratcliffe, James G.; Jackson, Wade C.

    2008-01-01

    A simple analysis method has been developed for predicting the residual compression strength of impact-damaged sandwich panels. The method is tailored for honeycomb core-based sandwich specimens that exhibit an indentation growth failure mode under axial compression loading, which is driven largely by the crushing behavior of the core material. The analysis method is in the form of a finite element model, where the impact-damaged facesheet is represented using shell elements and the core material is represented using spring elements, aligned in the thickness direction of the core. The nonlinear crush response of the core material used in the analysis is based on data from flatwise compression tests. A comparison with a previous analysis method and some experimental data shows good agreement with results from this new approach.

  11. A Finite Element Analysis for Predicting the Residual Compressive Strength of Impact-Damaged Sandwich Panels

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    Ratcliffe, James G.; Jackson, Wade C.

    2008-01-01

    A simple analysis method has been developed for predicting the residual compressive strength of impact-damaged sandwich panels. The method is tailored for honeycomb core-based sandwich specimens that exhibit an indentation growth failure mode under axial compressive loading, which is driven largely by the crushing behavior of the core material. The analysis method is in the form of a finite element model, where the impact-damaged facesheet is represented using shell elements and the core material is represented using spring elements, aligned in the thickness direction of the core. The nonlinear crush response of the core material used in the analysis is based on data from flatwise compression tests. A comparison with a previous analysis method and some experimental data shows good agreement with results from this new approach.

  12. Graphene-sandwiched silicon structures for greatly enhanced unpolarized light absorption

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    Shi, Kaifeng; Haque, Riaz R.; Mao, Ling-Feng; Lu, Zhaolin

    2015-03-01

    Based on the attenuated total reflection configuration, a multi-layer graphene (MLG) sandwiched silicon structure is proposed for greatly enhancing light absorption over a broad spectral range (1000-2000 nm). At specific incident angles, the electric field in the sandwiched graphene can be simultaneously enhanced for both transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) polarized light. Numerical analysis and finite-difference time-domain simulation demonstrate over 80% and 70% light absorption for TE- and TM-polarized light, respectively. Owing to the unique optical properties of graphene, the absorption of any photon by graphene may give rise to an electron-hole pair. Thus, the greatly enhanced absorption of unpolarized, broadband light may find significant applications in future photovoltaic devices. However, the excess energy carried by the electron-hole pair can dissipate within a sub-picosecond due to the ultra-fast intraband carrier relaxation, which is the challenge for photovoltaic application and will also be discussed.

  13. Dynamic properties of sandwich structures with integrated shear-thickening fluids

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    Fischer, C.; Braun, S. A.; Bourban, P.-E.; Michaud, V.; Plummer, C. J. G.; Mnson, J.-A. E.

    2006-10-01

    The integration of shear-thickening fluids (STFs) into composite structures has been investigated with the aim of tuning part stiffness and damping capacity under dynamic deformation. Results from oscillatory rheological measurements for a STF based on concentrated fused silica in polypropylene glycol were correlated with results from vibrating beam tests on model sandwich structures containing layers of the same STF sandwiched between polyvinyl chloride (PVC) beams. Above a critical amplitude, the relative motion of the PVC beams provoked shear thickening of the silica suspensions, and the vibration and damping properties were significantly modified. These changes were related to the rheological response of the STF through analytical calculations of strains in the STF layers, an approach that was verified experimentally by replacing the STF with a slow-curing epoxy resin. The potential for integrating STFs into structures exposed to dynamic flexural deformation, with the aim of controlling their vibrational response, has thus been demonstrated.

  14. Analysis of a ceramic filled bio-plastic composite sandwich structure

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    Habib Ullah, M.; Department of Electrical, Electronic and System Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600 ; Islam, M. T.

    2013-11-25

    Design and analysis of a ceramic-filled bio-plastic composite sandwich structure is presented. This proposed high-dielectric structure is used as a substrate for patch antennas. A meandered-strip line-fed fractal-shape patch antenna is designed and fabricated on a copper-laminated sandwich-structured substrate. Measurement results of this antenna show 44% and 20% of bandwidths with maximum gains of 3.45 dBi and 5.87 dBi for the lower and upper bands, respectively. The half-power beam widths of 104° and 78° have been observed from the measured radiation pattern at the two resonance frequencies 0.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz.

  15. Multilayer Roll-Bonded Sandwich: Processing, Mechanical Performance, and Bioactive Behavior

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    Palkowski H.; Stanic V.; Carrado, A.

    2012-03-30

    Multifunctionality and improving the properties of materials make it necessary to use hybrid systems such as combinations of metals with polymers. Their applications can be found in all areas where light weight and improved and adapted mechanical properties as well as high functionality are needed. Moreover, tailored types of hybrids can be interesting for biomedical applications, as under specific conditions they show, e.g., good strength combined with high elasticity. Herein, we present preliminary tests on the biomimetic behavior of AISI SS316L/polypropylene copolymer/AISI SS316L sandwich. Biomimetic coatings were produced by inducing a calcium phosphate layer in a way similar to the process of natural bone formation. Knowledge of the formability of three-layered sandwich sheets and their biomimetic behavior is presented.

  16. Analysis of Sandwich Shells with Metallic Foam Cores based on the Uniaxial Tensile Test

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    Mata, H.; Fernandes, A. A.; Parente, M. P. L.; Jorge, R. Natal; Santos, A.; Valente, R. A. F.

    2011-05-04

    On this work, the authors present the development and evaluation of an innovative system able to perform reliable panels of sandwich sheets with metallic foam cores for industrial applications, especially in automotive and aeronautical industries. This work is divided into two parts; in the first part the mathematical model used to describe the behavior of sandwich shells with metal cores form is presented and some numerical examples are presented. In the second part of this work, the numerical results are validated using the experimental results obtained from the mechanical experiments. Using the isotropic hardening crushable foam constitutive model, available on ABAQUS, a set of different mechanical tests were simulated. The isotropic hardening model available uses a yield surface that is an ellipse centered at the origin in the p-q stress plane. Using this constitutive model, the uniaxial tensile test for this material was simulated, and a comparison with the experimental results was made.

  17. A study on mechanical behavior of the carbon fiber composite sandwich panel with pyramidal truss cores at different temperatures

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    Liu, JiaYi; Zhou, ZhenGong; Wu, LinZhi; Ma, Li

    2012-11-01

    A series of compression tests were conducted to investigate the mechanical properties and failure mechanisms of carbon fiber composite sandwich panels using pyramidal truss cores subjected to temperatures ranging from -100C to 350C. The compressive strength and stiffness of sandwich panels decreased as temperature increased. Cryogenic temperatures caused an increase in strength and stiffness, while elevated temperatures resulted in a reduction of strength and stiffness. The effect of temperature on the failure mode of the sandwich panel was revealed as well. The interface between the fiber and matrix was examined by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) in order to study the effect of temperature on strengthening the mechanism and good bonding conditions within the fiber-matrix interface was observed at cryogenic temperatures. The comparison of the predicted and experimental data indicated that the stiffness and strength of the composite sandwich panels for temperature variation was consistent.

  18. Analysis of an Aircraft Honeycomb Sandwich Panel with Circular Face Sheet/Core Disbond Subjected to Ground-Air Pressurization

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    Rinker, Martin; Krueger, Ronald; Ratcliffe, James

    2013-01-01

    The ground-air pressurization of lightweight honeycomb sandwich structures caused by alternating pressure differences between the enclosed air within the honeycomb core and the ambient environment is a well-known and controllable loading condition of aerospace structures. However, initial face sheet/core disbonds intensify the face sheet peeling effect of the internal pressure load significantly and can decrease the reliability of the sandwich structure drastically. Within this paper, a numerical parameter study was carried out to investigate the criticality of initial disbonds in honeycomb sandwich structures under ground-air pressurization. A fracture mechanics approach was used to evaluate the loading at the disbond front. In this case, the strain energy release rate was computed via the Virtual Crack Closure Technique. Special attention was paid to the pressure-deformation coupling which can decrease the pressure load within the disbonded sandwich section significantly when the structure is highly deformed.

  19. Free Vibration Analysis Of Truncated Sandwich Conical Shells With Constrained Electro-Rheological Fluid Damping

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    Sharnappa, S.; Ganesan, N.; Sethuraman, R.

    Abstract. This article presents the frequency and damping characteristics of sandwich conical shell structures with electro-rheological fluid (ER) core. The dynamic characteristics of conical shell for different core to facing thickness ratio (t c t f ), length to mean radius (L / R) ratio and effect of cone angle on frequency and damping for different boundary conditions are carried out. The variation of damping characteristics of electro-rheological fluid core with electric voltage is also investigated.

  20. Aptamer-conjugated silver nanoparticles for electrochemical dual-aptamer-based sandwich detection of staphylococcus aureus.

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    Abbaspour, Abdolkarim; Norouz-Sarvestani, Fatemeh; Noori, Abolhassan; Soltani, Noushin

    2015-06-15

    Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one of the most important human pathogens and causes numerous illnesses. In this study, we report a sensitive and highly selective dual-aptamer-based sandwich immunosensor for the detection of S. aureus. In this bioassay system, a biotinylated primary anti-S.aureus aptamer was immobilized on streptavidin coated magnetic beads (MB), which serves as a capture probe. A secondary anti-S.aureus aptamer was conjugated to silver nanoparticles (Apt-AgNP) that sensitively reports the detection of the target. In the presence of target bacterium, an Apt/S.aureus/apt-AgNP sandwich complex is formed on the MB surface and the electrochemical signal of AgNPs followed through anodic stripping voltammetry. The proposed sandwich assay benefits from advantageous of a sandwich assay for increased specificity, MB as carriers of affinity ligands for solution-phase recognition and fast magnetic separation, AgNPs for signal amplification, and an electrochemical stripping voltammetry read-out as a simple and sensitive detection. The electrochemical immunosensor shows an extended dynamic range from 10 to 110(6) cfu/mL with a low detection limit of 1.0 cfu/mL (S/N=3). Furthermore, the possible interference of other analog bacteria was studied. To assess the general applicability of this sensor, we investigated the quantification of S. aureus in real water samples. The results were compared to the experimental results obtained from a plate counting method, which demonstrated an acceptable consistency. PMID:25562742

  1. Governing equations for vibrating constrained-layer damping sandwich plates and beams.

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    Yan, M.-J.; Dowell, E. H.

    1972-01-01

    A simple differential equation is derived to describe constrained-layer damping in nonsymmetric sandwich plates and beams composed of isotropic and homogeneous layers. The natural boundary conditions related to this equation are determined and some typical numerical results obtained by this equation are given. The equation is valid within the linear theories of elasticity and viscoelasticity in the absence of any constraints on thicknesses, positions, symmetries, and densities of the layers.

  2. Mid term results of total hip arthroplasty using polyethylene-ceramic composite (Sandwich) liner

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    Wang, Tao; Sun, Jun-Ying; Zha, Guo-Chun; Dong, Sheng-Jie; Zhao, Xi-Jiang

    2016-01-01

    Background: Ceramic-on-ceramic (COC) couplings are an attractive alternative bearing surfaces that have been reported to eliminate or reduce problems related to polyethylene wear debris. However, the material in total hip arthroplasty (THA) remains one of the major concern regarding the risk of fracture. The present study aims at reporting the fracture rate of bearings in a series of COC THAs with the use of a sandwich liner and attempt to detect the relative risk factors, the possible cause and assess the clinical results. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively evaluated 153 patients (163 hips) using the sandwich liner COC THA between 2001 and 2009. Patient assessment was based on demographic factors, including age, weight, gender and body-mass index (BMI). All patients were evaluated clinically and radiographically or using computed tomography viz-a-viz dislocation, osteolysis, periprosthetic fracture, infection, loosening and implant fracture. Results: Three ceramic sandwich liners fracture (1.84%) were observed at an average of 7.3 years’ followup. The factors which were found to be non-significant to the ceramic liner fracture, included age (P = 0.205), weight (P = 0.241), gender (P = 0.553), BMI (P = 0.736), inclination (P = 0.199) and anteversion (P = 0.223). The overall survival was 91.4% at 12-year with revision as the endpoint. Other complications included osteolysis in 4 (2.45%), dislocation in one and periprosthetic fracture in one. In no hip aseptic loosening of the implants was seen. Conclusions: Our experience with the ceramic-polyethylene sandwich liner acetabular component has been disappointing because of the high rate of fracture and osteolyis. We have discontinued the use of this device and recommend the same. PMID:26952027

  3. "Half-sandwich" Yb(III) single-ion magnets with metallacrowns.

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    Li, Quan-Wen; Liu, Jun-Liang; Jia, Jian-Hua; Chen, Yan-Cong; Liu, Jiang; Wang, Long-Fei; Tong, Ming-Liang

    2015-06-28

    The first "half-sandwich" Yb(III) single-ion magnets (SIMs) based on [12-MCZn(ii)-4] are reported, in which the central ytterbium ion is coordinated by YbO8 geometry in D4d symmetry. The anisotropic barrier is extracted from the analysis of static, dynamic magnetism and emission spectrum offering an insight into the magneto-optical correlation. PMID:26022279

  4. An experimental investigation into nonlinear dynamics of a magneto-rheological elastomer sandwich beam

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    Yildirim, Tanju; Ghayesh, Mergen H.; Li, Weihua; Alici, Gursel

    2016-01-01

    An experimental investigation has been carried out on the nonlinear dynamics of a clampedclamped Magneto-Rheological Elastomer (MRE) sandwich beam with a point mass when subjected to a point excitation. Three sets of experiments have been conducted namely for (i) an aluminium beam, (ii) a MRE sandwich beam in the absence of a magnetic field and (iii) a MRE sandwich beam in the presence of a magnetic field. An electrodynamic shaker was used to excite each system and the corresponding displacement of the point mass was measured: for the third experiment (iii), an array of magnets has been placed at various distances away from the centre of the point mass to investigate the effect of changing stiffness and damping properties on the nonlinear dynamical behaviour. An interesting feature for the third group is the beam point mass displacement was no longer symmetric as the stiffness and damping of the system are increased when moving towards the magnets. Both the first and second groups exhibited distinct nonlinear behaviour; however, for the third group this work shows that for a low magnetic field the sandwich beam exhibits two distinct resonance peaks, one occurring above and the other below the fundamental natural frequency of the transverse motion, with the right one larger. For a larger magnetic field, these peaks even out until the magnetic force was large enough that the hardening-type nonlinear behaviour changes to a softening-type; a significant qualitative change in the nonlinear dynamical behaviour of the system, due to the presence of the magnetic field, was observed.

  5. Compression After Impact on Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels with Thin Facesheets, Part 2: Analysis

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    Mcquigg, Thomas D.; Kapania, Rakesh K.; Scotti, Stephen J.; Walker, Sandra P.

    2012-01-01

    A two part research study has been completed on the topic of compression after impact (CAI) of thin facesheet honeycomb core sandwich panels. The research has focused on both experiments and analysis in an effort to establish and validate a new understanding of the damage tolerance of these materials. Part 2, the subject of the current paper, is focused on the analysis, which corresponds to the CAI testings described in Part 1. Of interest, are sandwich panels, with aerospace applications, which consist of very thin, woven S2-fiberglass (with MTM45-1 epoxy) facesheets adhered to a Nomex honeycomb core. Two sets of materials, which were identical with the exception of the density of the honeycomb core, were tested in Part 1. The results highlighted the need for analysis methods which taken into account multiple failure modes. A finite element model (FEM) is developed here, in Part 2. A commercial implementation of the Multicontinuum Failure Theory (MCT) for progressive failure analysis (PFA) in composite laminates, Helius:MCT, is included in this model. The inclusion of PFA in the present model provided a new, unique ability to account for multiple failure modes. In addition, significant impact damage detail is included in the model. A sensitivity study, used to assess the effect of each damage parameter on overall analysis results, is included in an appendix. Analysis results are compared to the experimental results for each of the 32 CAI sandwich panel specimens tested to failure. The failure of each specimen is predicted using the high-fidelity, physicsbased analysis model developed here, and the results highlight key improvements in the understanding of honeycomb core sandwich panel CAI failure. Finally, a parametric study highlights the strength benefits compared to mass penalty for various core densities.

  6. Process Factors and Edgewise Compressive Properties of Scarf-repaired Honeycomb Sandwich Structures

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    Liu, Sui; Guan, Zhidong; Guo, Xia; Sun, Kai; Kong, Jiaoyue; Yan, Dongxiu

    2014-10-01

    Bonded repairs were conducted on flat and edge-closed composite sandwich panels that had undergone different levels of initial damage, and edgewise compression behaviors of repaired panel were tested. Experimental results indicate that these repair techniques can restore the compression performance of damaged panels effectively. The repaired specimens recovered an average of over 83 % of their strength. A k-sample Anderson-Darling test was used to analyze the influence of various parameters, including curing temperature, curing pressure, and repair configurations. After a thorough comparison, it was concluded that a high-temperature, high-pressure treatment can improve the mechanical performance of repaired panels, but the improvement is closely related to the structural complexity of the repaired region. A double-side repair scheme could be used to prevent the degradation of mechanical performance caused by the additional bending moment. The conclusions drawn in the present study provide further insight into the mechanical performance of repaired sandwich panels under edgewise compressive loads. These data facilitate the improved design methodology on bonded repair of composite sandwich structures.

  7. Sizing Single Cantilever Beam Specimens for Characterizing Facesheet/Core Peel Debonding in Sandwich Structure

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    Ratcliffe, James G.

    2010-01-01

    This technical publication details part of an effort focused on the development of a standardized facesheet/core peel debonding test procedure. The purpose of the test is to characterize facesheet/core peel in sandwich structure, accomplished through the measurement of the critical strain energy release rate associated with the debonding process. Following an examination of previously developed tests and a recent evaluation of a selection of these methods, a single cantilever beam (SCB) specimen was identified as being a promising candidate for establishing such a standardized test procedure. The objective of the work described here was to begin development of a protocol for conducting a SCB test that will render the procedure suitable for standardization. To this end, a sizing methodology was developed to ensure appropriate SCB specimen dimensions are selected for a given sandwich system. Application of this method to actual sandwich systems yielded SCB specimen dimensions that would be practical for use. This study resulted in the development of a practical SCB specimen sizing method, which should be well-suited for incorporation into a standardized testing protocol.

  8. Computation of linear transmittance of thermal bridges in precast concrete sandwich panels

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    Luscietti, Davide; Gervasio, Paola; Lezzi, Adriano M.

    2014-11-01

    Precast concrete lightened sandwich panels are widely used building elements. They are made by two concrete wythes separated by a layer of lightweight material: the central layer is inhomogeneous due to the presence of concrete ribs which tie the external wythe and act as thermal bridges. Computation of thermal transmittance of sandwich panels is clearly described in European Standards, but in many cases it requires numerical simulations to determine the linear transmittance ψ associated with lightweight material-concrete interfaces in the inhomogeneous layer. Although simple, these simulations represent a critical issue for many panel manufacturers and they would much rather prefer correlations to compute ψ. In this work we present a correlation based on an artificial neural network (ANN) to estimate linear trasmittauce values for current Italian sandwich panel production. Five input parameters are considered: rib width, lightweight material conductivity, and thickness of the three panel layers. To obtain the data which are necessary to train and test the ANN, a fast and accurate Spectral Element Method is used to solve Laplace equation in the neighborhood of a rib. 5460 ψ values are collected which ensure an accurate network response.

  9. Nanometric self-assembling peptide layers maintain adult hepatocyte phenotype in sandwich cultures

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    2010-01-01

    Background Isolated hepatocytes removed from their microenvironment soon lose their hepatospecific functions when cultured. Normally hepatocytes are commonly maintained under limited culture medium supply as well as scaffold thickness. Thus, the cells are forced into metabolic stress that degenerate liver specific functions. This study aims to improve hepatospecific activity by creating a platform based on classical collagen sandwich cultures. Results The modified sandwich cultures replace collagen with self-assembling peptide, RAD16-I, combined with functional peptide motifs such as the integrin-binding sequence RGD and the laminin receptor binding sequence YIG to create a cell-instructive scaffold. In this work, we show that a plasma-deposited coating can be used to obtain a peptide layer thickness in the nanometric range, which in combination with the incorporation of functional peptide motifs have a positive effect on the expression of adult hepatocyte markers including albumin, CYP3A2 and HNF4-alpha. Conclusions This study demonstrates the capacity of sandwich cultures with modified instructive self-assembling peptides to promote cell-matrix interaction and the importance of thinner scaffold layers to overcome mass transfer problems. We believe that this bioengineered platform improves the existing hepatocyte culture methods to be used for predictive toxicology and eventually for hepatic assist technologies and future artificial organs. PMID:21143997

  10. A novel electrochemical aptamer-antibody sandwich assay for lysozyme detection.

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    Ocaña, Cristina; Hayat, Akhtar; Mishra, Rupesh; Vasilescu, Alina; del Valle, Manel; Marty, Jean-Louis

    2015-06-21

    In this paper, we have reported a novel electrochemical aptamer-antibody based sandwich biosensor for the detection of lysozyme. In the sensing strategy, an anti-lysozyme aptamer was immobilized onto the carbon electrode surface by covalent binding via diazonium salt chemistry. After incubating with a target protein (lysozyme), a biotinylated antibody was used to complete the sandwich format. The subsequent additions of avidin-alkaline phosphatase as an enzyme label, and a 1-naphthyl phosphate substrate (1-NPP) allowed us to determine the concentration of lysozyme (Lys) via Differential Pulse Voltammetry (DPV) of the generated enzyme reaction product, 1-naphthol. Using this strategy, a wide detection range from 5 fM to 5 nM was obtained for a target lysozyme, with a detection limit of 4.3 fM. The control experiments were carried out by using bovine serum albumin (BSA), cytochrome c and casein. The results showed that the proposed biosensor had good specificity, stability and reproducibility for lysozyme analysis. In addition, the biosensor was applied for detecting lysozyme in spiked wine samples, and very good recovery rates were obtained in the range from 95.2 to 102.0% for lysozyme detection. This implies that the proposed sandwich biosensor is a promising analytical tool for the analysis of lysozyme in real samples. PMID:25905497

  11. A novel sandwich differential capacitive accelerometer with symmetrical double-sided serpentine beam-mass structure

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    Xiao, D. B.; Li, Q. S.; Hou, Z. Q.; Wang, X. H.; Chen, Z. H.; Xia, D. W.; Wu, X. Z.

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents a novel differential capacitive silicon micro-accelerometer with symmetrical double-sided serpentine beam-mass sensing structure and glass-silicon-glass sandwich structure. The symmetrical double-sided serpentine beam-mass sensing structure is fabricated with a novel pre-buried mask fabrication technology, which is convenient for manufacturing multi-layer sensors. The glass-silicon-glass sandwich structure is realized by a double anodic bonding process. To solve the problem of the difficulty of leading out signals from the top and bottom layer simultaneously in the sandwich sensors, a silicon pillar structure is designed that is inherently simple and low-cost. The prototype is fabricated and tested. It has low noise performance (the peak to peak value is 40 μg) and μg-level Allan deviation of bias (2.2 μg in 1 h), experimentally demonstrating the effectiveness of the design and the novel fabrication technology.

  12. Experimental investigation of graphite/polyimide sandwich panels in edgewise compression

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    Camarda, C. J.

    1980-01-01

    The local and general buckling behavior of graphite/polyimide sandwich panels simply supported along all four edges and loaded in uniaxial edgewise compression was investigated. Material properties of adhesive and facings were determined from flatwise tension and sandwich beam flexure tests. Tensile and compressive material properties of the facings were determined at 116, R.T., and 589 K (-250, R.T., and 600 F) using the sandwich beam flexure test method. Results indicate that Gr/PI is a usable structural material for short term use at temperatures as high as 589 K (600 F). Buckling specimens were 30.5 X 33.0 cm (12 x 13 in.), had quasi-isotropic symmetric facings and a glass/polyimide honeycomb core. Core thicknesses varied and three panels of each thickness were tested in edgewise compression at room temperature to investigate failure modes and corresponding buckling formulas. Specimens 0.635 cm (0.25 in.) thick failed by overall buckling at loads close to the analytically predicted buckling load; all other panels failed by face wrinkling. Results of the winkling tests indicate that several buckling formulas were unconservative and therefore not suitable for design purposes; recommended wrinkling equations are presented.

  13. Design and reinforcement: vertically aligned carbon nanotube-based sandwich composites.

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    Zeng, You; Ci, Lijie; Carey, Brent J; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M

    2010-11-23

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforcement of polymer composites has not yielded optimum results in that the composite properties are typically compromised by poor dispersion and random orientation of CNTs in polymers. Given the short lengths available for nanotubes, opportunities lie in incorporating CNTs with other structural reinforcements such as carbon fibers (CFs) to achieve improvement over existing composite designs. Growth of vertically aligned CNTs (VACNTs) offers new avenues for designing high-performance composites by integrating CFs and nanotubes into layered 3D architectures. To obtain composites with high rigidity and damping, we have designed and fabricated VACNT-based sandwich composites from simply stacking the freestanding VACNTs and CF fabrics and infiltrating with epoxy matrix. Comparing with the CF/epoxy laminates, the VACNT-based sandwich composites exhibit higher flexural rigidity and damping, which is achieved due to the effective integration of the VACNTs as an interfacial layer between the CF stacks. Furthermore, the lighter weight of these VACNT-based sandwich composites offers advantages in aerospace and transportation applications. PMID:20958076

  14. Experimental Tests on the Composite Foam Sandwich Pipes Subjected to Axial Load

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    Li, Feng; Zhao, QiLin; Xu, Kang; Zhang, DongDong

    2015-12-01

    Compared to the composite thin-walled tube, the composite foam sandwich pipe has better local flexural rigidity, which can take full advantage of the high strength of composite materials. In this paper, a series of composite foam sandwich pipes with different parameters were designed and manufactured using the prefabricated polyurethane foam core-skin co-curing molding technique with E-glass fabric prepreg. The corresponding axial-load compressive tests were conducted to investigate the influence factors that experimentally determine the axial compressive performances of the tubes. In the tests, the detailed failure process and the corresponding load-displacement characteristics were obtained; the influence rules of the foam core density, surface layer thickness, fiber ply combination and end restraint on the failure modes and ultimate bearing capacity were studied. Results indicated that: (1) the fiber ply combination, surface layer thickness and end restraint have a great influence on the ultimate load bearing capacity; (2) a reasonable fiber ply combination and reliable interfacial adhesion not only optimize the strength but also transform the failure mode from brittle failure to ductile failure, which is vital to the fully utilization of the composite strength of these composite foam sandwich pipes.

  15. Development of Monoclonal Antibody-Based Sandwich ELISA for Detection of Dextran

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    Wang, Sheng-Yu; Li, Zhe; Wang, Xian-Jiang; Lv, Sha; Yang, Yun; Zeng, Lian-Qiang; Luo, Fang-Hong

    2014-01-01

    Dextran as anti-nutritional factor is usually a result of bacteria activity and has associated serial problems during the process stream in the sugar industry and in medical therapy. A sensitive method is expected to detect dextran quantitatively. Here we generated four monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against dextran using dextran T40 conjugated with bovine serum albumin (BSA) as immunogen in our lab following hybridoma protocol. Through pairwise, an MAb named D24 was determined to be conjugated with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and was used in the establishment of a sensitive sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method for determination of dextran, in which MAb D9 was chosen as a capture antibody. The detection limit and working scope of the developed sandwich ELISA method were 3.9?ng/mL and 7.8500?ng/mL with a correlation coefficient of 0.9909. In addition, the cross-reaction assay demonstrated that the method possessed high specificity with no significant cross-reaction with dextran-related substances, and the recovery rate ranged from 96.35 to 102.00%, with coefficient of variation ranging from 1.58 to 6.94%. These results indicated that we developed a detection system of MAb-based sandwich ELISA to measure dextran and this system should be a potential tool to determine dextran levels. PMID:25358002

  16. Numerical comparison of patch and sandwich piezoelectric transducers for transmitting ultrasonic waves

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    Loveday, Philip W.

    2006-03-01

    Guided wave ultrasonic inspection is becoming an important method of non-destructive testing for long, slender structures such as pipes and rails. Often it is desirable to use transducers that can strongly excite a specific mode of wave propagation in the waveguide. Piezoelectric patch transducers are frequently employed, by researchers, for exciting waves in beam like structures. Sonar systems frequently make use of resonant transducers, such as sandwich transducers, for acoustic wave generation and this principle has been used to excite waves in a rail. This paper compares the two transduction approaches, for launching bending waves in rectangular waveguides, with numerical modeling. The numerical modeling combined a waveguide finite element model, of the waveguide, with conventional three-dimensional piezoelectric finite element models of the transducers. The waveguide finite elements were formulated using a complex exponential to describe the wave propagation along the structure and conventional finite element interpolation over the area of the element. Consequently, only a two-dimensional finite element mesh covering the cross-section of the waveguide is required. The harmonic forced response of the waveguide was used to compute a complex dynamic stiffness matrix which represented the waveguide in the transducer model. The effects of geometrical parameters of patch and sandwich transducers were considered before the comparison was made. It appears that piezoelectric patch transducers offer advantages at low frequencies while sandwich transducers are superior at high frequencies, where resonance can be exploited, at the cost of more complex design.

  17. A sensitive sandwich ELISA to measure (1?3)-?-d-glucan levels in blood.

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    Yoneda, Akito; Kurokawa, Tsutomu

    2011-02-28

    A highly sensitive (1?3)-?-d-glucan (?-glucan)-specific sandwich ELISA was developed using a fragment of recombinant horseshoe crab factor G protein. The factor G fragment, which was expressed in Escherichia coli, contains a QQWS motif, two ?-glucan-binding domains, and an additional N-terminal cysteine residue. The sensitivity of our ELISA was comparable to a conventional (1?3)-?-d-glucan detection method using a horseshoe crab-clotting reaction such as an amebocyte lysate-based assay. In addition, the ?-glucan levels measured by our sandwich ELISA in plasma samples showed a good correlation with those measured by the amebocyte lysate-based assay. In the case of our sandwich ELISA, it is not necessary to pre-inactivate interfering substances in plasma samples that is essential for the conventional amebocyte lysate-based assay. Moreover, the assay time of the ELISA method is much shorter than that of the amebocyte lysate-based assay. Because of these advantages, the ELISA system will be more suitable for high-throughput analysis in clinical laboratories using general clinical auto-analyzers. ?-glucan is a typical biomarker for fungal infections and the measurements of ?-glucan levels by our ELISA could be useful for the diagnosis of fungal infections. PMID:21184758

  18. An experimental investigation of sandwich flat panels under low velocity impact

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    Harrington, Timberlyn M.

    1994-12-01

    This study evaluated the failure modes and mechanisms associated with increasing face sheet thickness of flat sandwich panels under low velocity impact. The sandwich panels were fabricated using 1.27 cm thick, 145 kg/cu m (9 lb/cu ft), 3.175 mm (1/8 in.) cell size Nomex honeycomb core, FM 300-2 film adhesive and AS4/3501-6 graphite/epoxy face sheets. The thickness of the core remained 1.27 cm, and the thickness of the adhesive remained 0.25 mm. The thickness of the face sheets varied using the following stacking sequences: (O/90)s, (O/90)2s, (O/90)4s, (O/90)8s, and (O/90)12s. The sandwich panels were subjected to various low velocity impacts using the Dynatup Impact Test Machine. Pulse-Echo C-scans and optical microscopy of panel cross-sections were performed to characterize the damage. The cross-sections indicated that delamination and transverse cracking contribute to internal damage of the face sheets, while crushing, buckling, and crippling contribute to damage of the core. Cracks in the adhesive also contribute to damage in some cases.

  19. Efficient Design and Analysis of Lightweight Reinforced Core Sandwich and PRSEUS Structures

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    Bednarcyk, Brett A.; Yarrington, Phillip W.; Lucking, Ryan C.; Collier, Craig S.; Ainsworth, James J.; Toubia, Elias A.

    2012-01-01

    Design, analysis, and sizing methods for two novel structural panel concepts have been developed and incorporated into the HyperSizer Structural Sizing Software. Reinforced Core Sandwich (RCS) panels consist of a foam core with reinforcing composite webs connecting composite facesheets. Boeing s Pultruded Rod Stitched Efficient Unitized Structure (PRSEUS) panels use a pultruded unidirectional composite rod to provide axial stiffness along with integrated transverse frames and stitching. Both of these structural concepts are ovencured and have shown great promise applications in lightweight structures, but have suffered from the lack of efficient sizing capabilities similar to those that exist for honeycomb sandwich, foam sandwich, hat stiffened, and other, more traditional concepts. Now, with accurate design methods for RCS and PRSEUS panels available in HyperSizer, these concepts can be traded and used in designs as is done with the more traditional structural concepts. The methods developed to enable sizing of RCS and PRSEUS are outlined, as are results showing the validity and utility of the methods. Applications include several large NASA heavy lift launch vehicle structures.

  20. Multipulse Chaotic Dynamics of Six-Dimensional Nonautonomous Nonlinear System for a Honeycomb Sandwich Plate

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    Hao, W. L.; Zhang, W.; Yao, M. H.

    This paper studies the global bifurcations and multipulse chaotic dynamics of a four-edge simply supported honeycomb sandwich rectangular plate under combined in-plane and transverse excitations. Based on the von Karman type equation for the geometric nonlinearity and Reddy's third-order shear deformation theory, the governing equations of motion are derived for the four-edge simply supported honeycomb sandwich rectangular plate. The Galerkin method is employed to discretize the partial differential equations of motion to a three-degree-of-freedom nonlinear system. The six-dimensional nonautonomous nonlinear system is simplified to a three-order standard form by using the normal form method. The extended Melnikov method is improved to investigate the six-dimensional nonautonomous nonlinear dynamical system in a mixed coordinate. The global bifurcations and multipulse chaotic dynamics of the four-edge simply supported honeycomb sandwich rectangular plate are studied by using the improved extended Melnikov method. The multipulse chaotic motions of the system are found by using numerical simulation, which further verifies the result of theoretical analysis.

  1. Design of Fiber Reinforced Foam Sandwich Panels for Large Ares V Structural Applications

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    Bednarcyk, Brett A.; Arnold, Steven M.; Hopkins, Dale A.

    2010-01-01

    The preliminary design of three major structural components within NASA's Ares V heavy lift vehicle using a novel fiber reinforced foam composite sandwich panel concept is presented. The Ares V payload shroud, interstage, and core intertank are designed for minimum mass using this panel concept, which consists of integral composite webs separated by structural foam between two composite facesheets. The HyperSizer structural sizing software, in conjunction with NASTRAN finite element analyses, is used. However, since HyperSizer does not currently include a panel concept for fiber reinforced foam, the sizing was performed using two separate approaches. In the first, the panel core is treated as an effective (homogenized) material, whose properties are provided by the vendor. In the second approach, the panel is treated as a blade stiffened sandwich panel, with the mass of the foam added after completion of the panel sizing. Details of the sizing for each of the three Ares V components are given, and it is demonstrated that the two panel sizing approaches are in reasonable agreement for thinner panel designs, but as the panel thickness increases, the blade stiffened sandwich panel approach yields heavier panel designs. This is due to the effects of local buckling, which are not considered in the effective core property approach.

  2. In-situ observation of nucleated polymer crystallization in polyoxymethylene sandwich composites

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    Slouf, Miroslav; Krejcikova, Sabina; Vackova, Tatana; Kratochvil, Jaroslav; Novak, Libor

    2015-03-01

    We introduce a dynamic sandwich method, which can be used for in-situ observation and quantification of polymer crystallization nucleated by micro/nanoparticles. The method was applied on polyoxymethylene (POM) composites with three nucleating agents: talc micropowder (POM/mTalc), chalk nanopowder (POM/nChalk) and titanate nanotubes (POM/TiNT). The nucleating agents were deposited between polymer films, the resulting sandwich samples were consolidated by thermal treatment, and their microtomed cross-sections were observed during isothermal crystallization by polarized light microscopy. As the intensity of polarized light was shown to be proportional to the relative crystallinity, the PLM results could be fitted to Avrami equation and the nucleating activity of all investigated particles could be quantified by means of Avrami parameters (n, k). The crystallization half-times increased reproducibly in the following order: POM/nChalk < POM/mTalc < POM/TiNT ~ POM. For strong nucleating agents (mTalc, nChalk), the crystallization kinetics corresponded to spontaneous crystallization starting from central nucleating layer, which was verified by computer simulations. The results were also confirmed by DSC. We concluded that the sandwich method is an efficient microscopic technique for detailed evaluation of nucleating activity of arbitrary micro/nanoparticles in polymer systems.

  3. Sound Transmission Loss Through a Corrugated-Core Sandwich Panel with Integrated Acoustic Resonators

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    Schiller, Noah H.; Allen, Albert R.; Zalewski, Bart F; Beck, Benjamin S.

    2014-01-01

    The goal of this study is to better understand the effect of structurally integrated resonators on the transmission loss of a sandwich panel. The sandwich panel has facesheets over a corrugated core, which creates long aligned chambers that run parallel to the facesheets. When ports are introduced through the facesheet, the long chambers within the core can be used as low-frequency acoustic resonators. By integrating the resonators within the structure they contribute to the static load bearing capability of the panel while also attenuating noise. An analytical model of a panel with embedded resonators is derived and compared with numerical simulations. Predictions show that acoustic resonators can significantly improve the transmission loss of the sandwich panel around the natural frequency of the resonators. In one configuration with 0.813 m long internal chambers, the diffuse field transmission loss is improved by more than 22 dB around 104 Hz. The benefit is achieved with no added mass or volume relative to the baseline structure. The embedded resonators are effective because they radiate sound out-of-phase with the structure. This results in destructive interference, which leads to less transmitted sound power.

  4. The Effect of Load and Geometry on the Failure Modes of Sandwich Beams

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    Konsta-Gdoutos, M. S.; Gdoutos, E. E.

    2005-05-01

    Facing compressive failure, facing wrinkling and core shear failure are the most commonly encountered failure modes in sandwich beams with facings made of composite materials. The occurrence and sequence of these failure modes depends on the geometrical dimensions, the form of loading and type of support of the beam. In this paper the above three failure modes in sandwich beams with facings made of carbon/epoxy composites and cores made of aluminum honeycomb and two types of foam have been investigated. Two types of beams, the simply supported and the cantilever have been considered. Loading included concentrated, uniform and triangular. It was found that in beams with foam core facing wrinkling and core shear failure occur, whereas in beams with honeycomb core facing compressive failure and core shear crimping take place. Results were obtained for the dependence of failure mode on the geometry of the beam and the type of loading. The critical beam spans for failure mode transition from core shear to wrinkling failure were established. It was found that initiation of a particular failure mode depends on the properties of the facing and core materials, the geometrical configuration, the type of support and loading of sandwich beams.

  5. Development of monoclonal antibody-based sandwich ELISA for detection of dextran.

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    Wang, Sheng-Yu; Li, Zhe; Wang, Xian-Jiang; Lv, Sha; Yang, Yun; Zeng, Lian-Qiang; Luo, Fang-Hong; Yan, Jiang-Hua; Liang, Da-Feng

    2014-10-01

    Dextran as anti-nutritional factor is usually a result of bacteria activity and has associated serial problems during the process stream in the sugar industry and in medical therapy. A sensitive method is expected to detect dextran quantitatively. Here we generated four monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against dextran using dextran T40 conjugated with bovine serum albumin (BSA) as immunogen in our lab following hybridoma protocol. Through pairwise, an MAb named D24 was determined to be conjugated with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and was used in the establishment of a sensitive sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method for determination of dextran, in which MAb D9 was chosen as a capture antibody. The detection limit and working scope of the developed sandwich ELISA method were 3.9 ng/mL and 7.8-500 ng/mL with a correlation coefficient of 0.9909. In addition, the cross-reaction assay demonstrated that the method possessed high specificity with no significant cross-reaction with dextran-related substances, and the recovery rate ranged from 96.35 to 102.00%, with coefficient of variation ranging from 1.58 to 6.94%. These results indicated that we developed a detection system of MAb-based sandwich ELISA to measure dextran and this system should be a potential tool to determine dextran levels. PMID:25358002

  6. Sandwiched polymer fibre in fibrin matrices for the dictation of endothelial cells undergoing angiogenesis

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    Sukmana, I.; Djuansjah, J. R. P.

    2013-04-01

    We present here a three-dimensional (3D) sandwich system made by poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) fibre and fibrin extracellular matrix (ECM) for endothelial cell dictation and angiogenesis guidance. In this three-dimensional system, Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial cells (HUVECs) were firstly cultured for 2 (two) days to cover the PET fibre before sandwiched in two layer fibrin gel containing HUVECs. After 4 (four) days of culture, cel-to-cel connection, tube-like structure and multi-cellular lumen formation were then assessed and validated. Phase contrast and fluorescence imaging using an inverted microscope were used to determine cell-to-cell and cell-ECM interactions. Laser scanning confocal microscopy and histological techniques were used to confirm the development of tube-like structure and multi-cellular lumen formation. This study shows that polymer fibres sandwiched in fibrin gel can be used to dictate endothelial cells undergoing angiogenesis with potential application in cancer and cardiovascular study and tissue engineering vascularisation.

  7. Ambient temperature fatigue tests of elements of an actively cooled honeycomb sandwich structural panel

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    Sharpe, E. L.; Elber, W.

    1977-01-01

    Elements of an actively cooled structural panel for a hypersonic aircraft have been investigated for fatigue characteristics. The study involved a bonded honeycomb sandwich panel with d-shaped coolant tubes. The curved portion of these tubes was embedded in the honeycomb, and the flat portion was bonded or soldered to the inner surface of the outer skin. The elements examined were two plain skin specimens (aluminum alloy); two specimens with skins attached to manifolds and tubes (one specimen was bonded, the other soldered); and a specimen representative of a corner section of the complete cooled sandwich. Sinusoidal loads were applied to all specimens. The honeycomb sandwich specimen was loaded in both tension and compression; the other specimens were loaded in tension only. The cooling tubes were pressurized with oil throughout the fatigue tests. The most significant results of these tests follow: All specimens exceeded their design life of 20,000 cycles without damage. Crack growth rates obtained in the plain skin specimens were used to determine the crack growth characteristics of aluminum alloy. Cracks in skins either bonded or soldered to cooling tubes propagated past the tubes without penetration. The coolant tubes served as crack arresters and temporarily stopped crack growth when a crack reached a tube-skin interface. The honeycomb core demonstrated that it could contain leakage from a tube.

  8. Signal amplification for thrombin impedimetric aptasensor: sandwich protocol and use of gold-streptavidin nanoparticles.

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    Ocaña, Cristina; del Valle, Manel

    2014-04-15

    In this work, we report a highly specific amplification strategy demonstrated for the ultrasensitive biosensing of thrombin with the use of gold-streptavidin nanoparticles (strep-AuNPs) and silver reduction enhancement. The biotinylated aptamer of thrombin was immobilized onto an avidin-graphite epoxy composite (AvGEC) electrode surface by affinity interaction between biotin and avidin; electrochemical impedance measurements were performed in a solution containing the redox marker ferrocyanide/ferricyanide. The change in interfacial charge transfer resistance (Rct) experimented by the redox marker, was recorded to confirm aptamer complex formation with target protein, thrombin (Thr), in a label-free first stage. A biotinylated second thrombin aptamer, with complementary recognition properties was then used in a sandwich approach. The addition of strep-AuNPs and silver enhancement treatment led to a further increment of Rct thus obtaining significant signal amplification. The AptThrBio1-Thr-AptThrBio2 sandwich formation was inspected by confocal microcopy after incubation with streptavidin quantum dots. In order to visualize the presence of gold nanoparticles, the same silver enhancement treatment was applied to electrodes already modified with the nanoparticle-sandwich conjugate, allowing direct observation by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results showed high sensitivity and selectivity for thrombin detection, with an improvement from ca. 4.7 pM in a simple assay to 0.3 pM in the amplified reported scheme. PMID:24296061

  9. Hypervelocity Impact Performance of Open Cell Foam Core Sandwich Panel Structures

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    Ryan, S.; Ordonez, E.; Christiansen, E. L.; Lear, D. M.

    2010-01-01

    Open cell metallic foam core sandwich panel structures are of interest for application in spacecraft micrometeoroid and orbital debris shields due to their novel form and advantageous structural and thermal performance. Repeated shocking as a result of secondary impacts upon individual foam ligaments during the penetration process acts to raise the thermal state of impacting projectiles ; resulting in fragmentation, melting, and vaporization at lower velocities than with traditional shielding configurations (e.g. Whipple shield). In order to characterize the protective capability of these structures, an extensive experimental campaign was performed by the Johnson Space Center Hypervelocity Impact Technology Facility, the results of which are reported in this paper. Although not capable of competing against the protection levels achievable with leading heavy shields in use on modern high-risk vehicles (i.e. International Space Station modules), metallic foam core sandwich panels are shown to provide a substantial improvement over comparable structural panels and traditional low weight shielding alternatives such as honeycomb sandwich panels and metallic Whipple shields. A ballistic limit equation, generalized in terms of panel geometry, is derived and presented in a form suitable for application in risk assessment codes.

  10. Relation of environmental factors to breeding status of royal and sandwich terns in South Carolina, USA

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    Blus, L.J.; Prouty, R.M.; Neely, B.S., Jr.

    1979-01-01

    The population ecology of the royal tern Sterna maxima and sandwich tern Sterna sandvicensis was investigated in South Carolina from 1970 through 1977. Royal and sandwich terns nested together in all of the colonies that we located. The peak in egg laying usually occurred in early May; peak hatching occurred from late May to mid-June. Clutch size for both species was one egg. Tidal flooding was the major factor in egg loss. The breeding population was 15,499 pairs in 1974 and 18,096 pairs in 1975; sandvicensis made up about 5% of the breeding population. The average number of young fledged per nest ranged from 0?36 to 0?44. Residues of organochlorine pollutants in most eggs and tissues were low and posed no identifiable threat to the terns. There was a decline in DDE and dieldrin residues in eggs of maxima. The future of royal and sandwich terns in South Carolina seems fairly secure as the population is apparently at or near carrying capacity and most of the major nesting sites are dedicated to protection of nesting birds.

  11. Failure Maps for Rectangular 17-4PH Stainless Steel Sandwiched Foam Panels

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    Raj, S. V.; Ghosn, L. J.

    2007-01-01

    A new and innovative concept is proposed for designing lightweight fan blades for aircraft engines using commercially available 17-4PH precipitation hardened stainless steel. Rotating fan blades in aircraft engines experience a complex loading state consisting of combinations of centrifugal, distributed pressure and torsional loads. Theoretical failure plastic collapse maps, showing plots of the foam relative density versus face sheet thickness, t, normalized by the fan blade span length, L, have been generated for rectangular 17-4PH sandwiched foam panels under these three loading modes assuming three failure plastic collapse modes. These maps show that the 17-4PH sandwiched foam panels can fail by either the yielding of the face sheets, yielding of the foam core or wrinkling of the face sheets depending on foam relative density, the magnitude of t/L and the loading mode. The design envelop of a generic fan blade is superimposed on the maps to provide valuable insights on the probable failure modes in a sandwiched foam fan blade.

  12. Modification of the Sandwich Estimator in Generalized Estimating Equations with Correlated Binary Outcomes in Rare Event and Small Sample Settings

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    Rogers, Paul; Stoner, Julie

    2016-01-01

    Regression models for correlated binary outcomes are commonly fit using a Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE) methodology. GEE uses the Liang and Zeger sandwich estimator to produce unbiased standard error estimators for regression coefficients in large sample settings even when the covariance structure is misspecified. The sandwich estimator performs optimally in balanced designs when the number of participants is large, and there are few repeated measurements. The sandwich estimator is not without drawbacks; its asymptotic properties do not hold in small sample settings. In these situations, the sandwich estimator is biased downwards, underestimating the variances. In this project, a modified form for the sandwich estimator is proposed to correct this deficiency. The performance of this new sandwich estimator is compared to the traditional Liang and Zeger estimator as well as alternative forms proposed by Morel, Pan and Mancl and DeRouen. The performance of each estimator was assessed with 95% coverage probabilities for the regression coefficient estimators using simulated data under various combinations of sample sizes and outcome prevalence values with an Independence (IND), Autoregressive (AR) and Compound Symmetry (CS) correlation structure. This research is motivated by investigations involving rare-event outcomes in aviation data.

  13. Open-Mode Debonding Analysis of Curved Sandwich Panels Subjected to Heating and Cryogenic Cooling on Opposite Faces

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    Ko, William L.

    1999-01-01

    Increasing use of curved sandwich panels as aerospace structure components makes it vital to fully understand their thermostructural behavior and identify key factors affecting the open-mode debonding failure. Open-mode debonding analysis is performed on a family of curved honeycomb-core sandwich panels with different radii of curvature. The curved sandwich panels are either simply supported or clamped, and are subjected to uniform heating on the convex side and uniform cryogenic cooling on the concave side. The finite-element method was used to study the effects of panel curvature and boundary condition on the open-mode stress (radial tensile stress) and displacement fields in the curved sandwich panels. The critical stress point, where potential debonding failure could initiate, was found to be at the midspan (or outer span) of the inner bonding interface between the sandwich core and face sheet on the concave side, depending on the boundary condition and panel curvature. Open-mode stress increases with increasing panel curvature, reaching a maximum value at certain high curvature, and then decreases slightly as the panel curvature continues to increase and approach that of quarter circle. Changing the boundary condition from simply supported to clamped reduces the magnitudes of open-mode stresses and the associated sandwich core depth stretching.

  14. Response surface characterization of impact damage and residual strength degradation in composite sandwich panels

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    Samarah, Issam Khder

    2003-06-01

    The influence of material configuration and impact parameters on the damage tolerance characteristics of sandwich composites comprised of carbon-epoxy woven fabric facesheets and Nomex honeycomb cores was investigated using empirically based response surfaces. A series of carefully selected tests were used to isolate the coupled influence of various combinations of the number of facesheet plies, core density, core thickness, impact energy, impactor diameter, and impact velocity on the damage formation and residual strength degradation due to normal impact. The ranges of selected material parameters were typical of those found in common aircraft applications. The diameter of the planar damage area associated with Through Transmission Ultrasonic C-scan measurements and the peak residual facesheet indentation depth were used to describe the extent of internal and detectable surface damage, respectively. Standard analysis of variance techniques were used to assess the significance of the regression models, individual model terms, and model lack-of-fit. In addition, the inherent variability associated with given types of experimental measurements was evaluated. Response surface estimates of the size of the planar damage region and compressive residual strength as a continuous function of material system and impact parameters correlated reasonably well with experimentally determined values. For a fixed set of impact parameters, regression results suggest that impact damage development and residual strength degradation is highly material and lay-up configuration dependent. Increasing the number of facesheet plies and the thickness of the core material generally resulted in the greatest improvement in the damage tolerance characteristics. An increase in the impact energy can result in a significant decrease in the estimated residual strength, particularly for those sandwich panels with thicker facesheets. The effects of variable impact velocity on damage formation and loss of strength were also addressed. Moreover, using a relatively small sample of experimental observations, statistical models were developed that are able to characterize the planar impact damage development and residual strength degradation for a large population of independent sandwich composite specimens. Employing the methodology outlined here, it may be possible to tailor sandwich composite designs in order to obtain enhanced damage tolerance characteristics over a range of expected impacts. Such efforts may facilitate sandwich panel design by establishing relationships between material configuration and impact parameters that lead to improved damage tolerance/resistance.

  15. Development of an innovative sandwich common bulkhead for cryogenic upper stage propellant tank

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    Szelinski, B.; Lange, H.; Röttger, C.; Sacher, H.; Weiland, S.; Zell, D.

    2012-12-01

    In the frame of the Future Launcher Preparatory Program (FLPP) investigating advancing technologies for the Next Generation of Launchers (NGL) a number of novel key technologies are presently under development for significantly improving vehicle performance in terms of payload capacity and mission versatility. As a respective ESA guided technology development program, Cryogenic Upper Stage Technologies (CUST) has been launched within FLPP that hosts among others the development of a common bulkhead to separate liquid hydrogen from the liquid oxygen compartment. In this context, MT Aerospace proposed an advanced sandwich design concept which is currently in the development phase reaching for TRL4 under MT Aerospace responsibility. Key components of this sandwich common bulkhead are a specific core material, situated in-between two thin aluminum face sheets, and an innovative thermal decoupling element at the equatorial region. The combination of these elements provides excellent thermal insulation capabilities and mechanical performance at a minimum weight, since mechanical and thermal functions are merged in the same component. This improvement is expressed by substantial performance figures of the proposed concept that include high resistance against reverse pressure, an optimized heat leak and minimized mass, involving the sandwich dome structure and the adjacent interface rings. The development of single sub-technologies, all contributing to maturate the sandwich common bulkhead towards the desired technology readiness level (TRL), is described in the context of the given design constraints as well as technical, functional and programmatic requirements, issued from the stage level. This includes the thermal and mechanical characterization of core materials, manufacturing issues as well as non-destructive testing and the thermal and structural analyses and dimensioning of the complete common bulkhead system. Dedicated TRL assessments in the Ariane 5 Mid-life Evolution (A5-ME) program track the progress of these technology developments and analyze their applicability in time for A5-ME. In order to approximate A5-ME concerned preconditions, activities are initiated aiming at harmonization of the available specifications. Hence, a look-out towards a further technology step approaching TRL6 in a subsequent phase is given, briefly addressing topics of full scale manufacture and appropriate thermo-mechanical testing of an entire sandwich common bulkhead.

  16. Vibroacoustic flexural properties of symmetric honeycomb sandwich panels with composite faces

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    Guillaumie, Laurent

    2015-05-01

    The vibroacoustic bending properties of honeycomb sandwich panels with composite faces are studied from the wavenumber modulus to the mechanical impedance, passing through the modal density. Numerical results extracted from finite element software computations are compared with analytical results. In both cases, the homogenization method is used to calculate the global properties of the sandwich panel. Since faces are made of composite material, the classical laminate theory serves as reference. With particular conditions used in the application for symmetric panels, the original orthotropic mechanical properties can be reduced simply to three parameters commonly used in vibroacoustic characterizations. These three parameters are the mass per unit area, the bending rigidity and the out-of-plane shear rigidity. They simultaneously govern the wavenumber modulus, the modal frequencies, the modal density and the mechanical impedance. For all of these vibroacoustic characterizations, a special frequency called the transition frequency separates two domains. In the first domain, below the transition frequency or for low frequencies, the orthotropic sandwich panel has a classical isotropic plate behavior. In the second domain, above the transition frequency or for high frequencies, the out-of-plane shear rigidity is very significant and changes the behavior. However, the results discussed are only valid up to a certain frequency which is determined by the thickness and out-of-plane shear stiffness of the honeycomb core, the thickness and the bending stiffness of the laminated face sheets and then the mass per unit area and bending stiffness of the total sandwich structure. All these parameters influence the final choice of model and simplifications presented. Experimental measurements of the bending wavenumber modulus and modal frequencies for our own application were carried out. In the vibroacoustic domain, the critical frequency is also an important frequency. It again depends on the mass per unit area, the bending rigidity and the out-of-plane shear rigidity. The experimental and numerical results of the article are reasonably in agreement with the analytical formula. They all confirm the changes in frequency through different boundary conditions around the panel. The analytical modal frequencies of rectangular sandwich panels with transverse shear, under simply supported boundary conditions are well known, but under free boundary conditions it is more difficult to predict them. For experiments, however, these latter conditions are the most common. We present, in this paper, an analytical formula that we have developed for the modal frequencies of such a panel under free boundary conditions. All parameters being controlled, it is possible from dynamic measurements and with a special process to identify some honeycomb and composite mechanical properties.

  17. Analysis of propagation characteristics of flexural wave in honeycomb sandwich panel and design of loudspeaker for radiating inclined sound

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    Fujii, Ayaka; Wakatsuki, Naoto; Mizutani, Koichi

    2015-07-01

    A loudspeaker for an auditory guiding system is proposed. This loudspeaker utilizes inclined sound transformed from a flexural wave in a honeycomb sandwich panel. We focused on the fact that the inclined sound propagates extensively with uniform level and direction. Furthermore, sound can be generated without group delay dispersion because the phase velocity of the flexural wave in the sandwich panel becomes constant with increasing frequency. These characteristics can be useful for an auditory guiding system in public spaces since voice-guiding navigation indicates the right direction regardless of position on a pathway. To design the proposed loudspeaker, the behavior of the sandwich panel is predicted using a theoretical equation in which the honeycomb core is assumed as an orthotropic continuum. We calculated the phase velocity dispersion of the flexural wave in the sandwich panel and compared the results obtained using the equation with those of a simulation based on the finite element method and an experiment in order to confirm the applicability of the theoretical equation. It was confirmed that the phase velocities obtained using the theoretical equation and by the simulation were in good agreement with that obtained experimentally. The obtained results suggest that the behavior of the sandwich panel can be predicted using the parameters of the panel. In addition, we designed an optimized honeycomb sandwich panel for radiating inclined sound by calculating the phase velocity characteristics of various panels that have different parameters of core height and cell size using the theoretical equation. Sound radiation from the optimized panel was simulated and compared with that of a homogeneous plate. It was clear that the variance of the radiation angle with varying frequency of the optimized panel was smaller than that of the homogeneous plate. This characteristic of sound radiation with a uniform angle is useful for indicating the destination direction. On the basis of this fact, we established a design method of the flat-panel loudspeaker for generating inclined sound using a honeycomb sandwich panel.

  18. Constructing Brambles

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    Chapelle, Mathieu; Mazoit, Frdric; Todinca, Ioan

    Given an arbitrary graph G and a number k, it is well-known by a result of Seymour and Thomas [22] that G has treewidth strictly larger than k if and only if it has a bramble of order k + 2. Brambles are used in combinatorics as certificates proving that the treewidth of a graph is large. From an algorithmic point of view there are several algorithms computing tree-decompositions of G of width at most k, if such decompositions exist and the running time is polynomial for constant k. Nevertheless, when the treewidth of the input graph is larger than k, to our knowledge there is no algorithm constructing a bramble of order k + 2. We give here such an algorithm, running in {mathcal O}(n^{k+4}) time. For classes of graphs with polynomial number of minimal separators, we define a notion of compact brambles and show how to compute compact brambles of order k + 2 in polynomial time, not depending on k.

  19. Sandwich-format electrochemiluminescence assay for PDGF-BB using quantum dots-dendrimer nanocomposites as probe.

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    Zhang, Jing-Jing; Cao, Jun-Tao; Shi, Gui-Fang; Liu, Yan-Ming; Chen, Yong-Hong; Ren, Shu-Wei

    2015-08-15

    This work describes a novel electrochemiluminescence aptasensor for highly sensitive detection of platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB) using aptamer functionalized CdS quantum dots-polyamidoamine as probe (CdS QDs-PAMAM-Apt). CdS QDs-PAMAM nanocomposites were synthesized by one-pot synthesis in methanol. The prepared nanocomposites were linked with the NH2-aptamer 2 (Apt2) of PDGF-BB to form the CdS QDs-PAMAM-Apt2 probe by glutaraldehyde as coupling reagent. For constructing the aptasensor, MWCNTs-chitosan composites and NH2-aptamer 1 (Apt1) with the same base sequence as Apt2 were immobilized on the electrode by the self-assembled method to recognize the target protein PDGF-BB. In the presence of PDGF-BB, the structure of sandwiched format was formed between the Apt1 and the CdS QDs-PAMAM-Apt2 probe, thereby resulting in a proportional increase of ECL emission. Thanks to the efficient and stable ECL emission of CdS QDs-PAMAM dendrimer and the advantage of MWCNTs for accelerating the electron transfer, the highly sensitive detection of PDGF-BB with a detection limit of 0.13pM was achieved. The linear range is from 0.5pM to 1nM. The present protocol was applied to the analysis of PDGF-BB in human serum samples. The recoveries of PDGF-BB in human serum samples are 87.2-113% and RSD values are less than 3.6%. PMID:25966396

  20. Droplet-Array (DA) Sandwich Chip: A Versatile Platform for High-Throughput Cell Screening Based on Superhydrophobic-Superhydrophilic Micropatterning.

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    Popova, Anna A; Schillo, Sebastian M; Demir, Konstantin; Ueda, Erica; Nesterov-Mueller, A; Levkin, Pavel A

    2015-09-16

    A droplet-array (DA) sandwich chip is a miniaturized platform for cell-based high-throughput screening. It is based on sandwiching of a glass slide with a preprinted library and a superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic pattern, which consists of thousands of simultaneously formed microdroplets containing cells. The DA sandwich chip allows for one-step cell seeding, simultaneous initiation of screening, and 1000 times less reagent consumption than a regular 96-well plate. PMID:26255809

  1. Vertically-aligned sandwich nanowires enhance the photoelectrochemical reduction of hydrogen peroxide: hierarchical formation on carbon nanotubes of cadmium sulfide quantum dots and Prussian blue nanocoatings.

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    Gong, Kuanping

    2015-07-01

    We describe a vertically-aligned array of sandwiched nanowires comprising Prussian blue (PB) nanocoating-carbon nanotube (CNT) core-shell structures with CdS particles positioning at the core/shell interface, viz. PB/CdS/CNT. The PB/CdS/CNT electrode thus constructed are noticeable in synchronically harvesting photon-, ionic-, and chemical-energies, respectively, from visible light radiation, K(+) uptaking and releasing, and the reduction of H2O2. In 0.2 M K2SO4 aqueous solution, the photoelectrocatalytic reduction of 1.5 mM H2O2 at PB/CdS/CNT delivered the current density as high as 1.91 mA/cm(2) at reduced overpotential, that is, three times that at the Pt/C. This superb performance is causally linked to the judicious choice of materials and their assembly into defining sandwich nanostructures wherein the three components closely cooperate with each other in the photoelectrocatalytic reduction of H2O2, including photo-induced charge separation in CdS, spontaneous electron injection into PB due to its relatively low Fermi level, and the electrocatalytic reduction of H2O2 by PB via an electrochemical-chemical-electrochemical reaction mechanism. The structural alignment of PB/CdS/CNT ensures the simplest pathway for the mass diffusion and electron shuttle, and a high surface area accessible to the chemical and electrochemical reactions, so as to minimize the concentration- and electrochemical-polarization and thus ensure the fast overall kinetics of the electrode reaction. PMID:25458868

  2. A contribution to the finite element formulation for the analysis of composite sandwich shells

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    Tanov, Romil Raykov

    2000-10-01

    The ultimate goal of the present research is to come up with an accurate and efficient analysis approach for composite and sandwich shells, which is simple enough to be capable of implementing into a FE code without significantly affecting its computational efficiency, and at the same time gives good accuracy in predicting the behavior of layered shells. It has to be capable of accurately modeling both overall behavior, and the local distribution of strains and stresses in all layers and all constituents in the composite laminae. Two different approaches are utilized in the attempt to fulfill the final research objective of the present work. First, a homogenization procedure for the FE analysis of sandwich shells is developed. The procedure works on the material constitutive level. A homogenization of the sandwich shell is performed at each call of the corresponding constitutive subroutine. Thus the sandwich nature of the problem is hidden from the main FE program. As a consequence there is no need to develop a new shell element formulation, but instead the available homogeneous shell elements in the utilized FE code can be used for the analysis of sandwich shells. However, the defined homogenization procedure works with first order shear deformable shell elements, which sets a limit to the accuracy with which the transverse distribution of the unknowns is represented. To overcome this, a higher order shear deformable shell element is formulated and implemented into a general nonlinear explicit FE code. Using the differential equilibrium equations and the interlayer requirements, special treatment is developed for the transverse shear, resulting in a continuous, piecewise quartic distribution of the transverse shear stresses through the shell thickness. A similar approach is applied to the transverse normal stresses, which are represented by a continuous piecewise cubic function. The FE implementation is cast into a 4-noded quadrilateral shell element with 9 degrees of freedom per node. Only C0 continuity of the displacement functions is required in the shell plane, which makes the present formulation applicable to the most popular 4-noded bilinear isoparametric shell elements. Expressions are developed for the critical time step oft he explicit time integration for orthotropic homogeneous and layered shells based on the developed third order formulation. Finally, to be able to analyze shells with woven composite layers, two micromechanical models for analysis of woven fabric composites are developed. Both models utilize the representative volume cell approach and divide a representative unit of the woven lamina into sub-cells of homogeneous material. Starting with the average strains in the representative volume cell and based on continuity requirements at the sub-cell interfaces, the strains and stresses in the composite constituents are determined as well as the average stresses in the lamina. Equivalent homogenized material properties are also determined. Their very good accuracy together with the simplicity of formulation makes these models attractive for the nonlinear FE analysis of composite laminates and can be efficiently utilized in explicit and implicit FE codes. The formulations developed within the research provide an efficient analysis approach to layered shells including sandwich shells with composite facings. Furthermore, the developed micromechanical models can be used to determine the stress and strain fields in the composite layer constituents. This would enable important strength and durability phenomena as failure, damage, and property degradation of the constituents to be included into the FE analysis of layered shells.

  3. The Flap Sandwich Technique for a Safe and Aesthetic Skull Base Reconstruction.

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    Yano, Tomoyuki; Okazaki, Mutsumi; Tanaka, Kentarou; Iida, Hideo

    2016-02-01

    For safe and reliable skull base reconstruction combined with repair of cranial bone defects, we introduce the flap sandwich technique in this study. A titanium mesh is often used to repair structural cranial bone defects because it has less donor site morbidity and is easy to handle. However, titanium mesh has disadvantages of exposure and infection postoperatively. To improve surgical outcomes, we applied the flap sandwich technique to 3 cases of skull base reconstruction combined with cranial bone defect repair. Two anterior skull base defects and 1 middle skull base defect were included in this study. The subjects were all women, aged 30, 58, and 62 years. One patient had former multiple craniotomies and another patient had preoperative radiotherapy. The flap sandwich technique involves structural cranial bone reconstruction with a titanium mesh and soft tissue reconstruction with a chimeric anterolateral thigh free flap. First, the dead space between the repaired dura and the titanium mesh is filled with vastus lateralis muscle, and then structural reconstruction is performed with a titanium mesh. Finally, the titanium mesh is totally covered with the adiposal flap of the anterolateral thigh free flap. The muscle flap protects the dead space from infection, and the adiposal flap covers the titanium mesh to reduce mechanical stress on the covered skin and thus prevent the exposure of the titanium mesh through the scalp. By applying this technique, there was no intracranial infection or titanium mesh exposure in these 3 cases postoperatively, even though 2 patients had postoperative radiotherapy. Additionally, the adiposal flap could provide a soft and natural contour to the scalp and forehead region, and this gives patients a better facial appearance even though they have had skull base surgery. PMID:25954846

  4. Cu3C4-: A New Sandwich Molecule with Two Revolving C22- Units

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    Alexandrova, Anastassia N.; Boldyrev, Alexander I.; Zhai, Hua JIN.; Wang, Lai S.

    2005-02-03

    A combined photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and ab initio study was carried out on a novel copper carbide cluster in the gas phase: Cu3C4-. It was generated in a laser vaporization cluster source and appeared to exhibit enhanced stability among the Cu3Cn- series. Its PES spectra were obtained at several photon energies, showing numerous well-resolved bands. Extensive ab initio calculations were performed on Cu3C4- and two isomers were identified: a C2 structure (1A) with a Cu33+ triangular group sandwiched by two C22- units; and a linear CuCCCuCCCu structure (D-h, 1-g+). Comparison of ab initio PES spectra with experimental data showed that the sandwich Cu3C4- cluster was solely responsible for the observed spectra and the linear isomer was not present, suggesting that the C2 structure is the global minimum in accordance with CCSD(T)/6-311+G* predictions. Interestingly, a relatively low barrier (0.4-0.6 kcal/mol) was found for the internal rotation of the C22- units in the sandwich Cu3C4-. To test different levels of theory in describing the CumCn- systems and lay foundations for the validity of the theoretical methods, extensive calculations at a variety of levels were also carried out on a simpler copper carbide species CuC2-, where two isomers were found close in energy: a linear one (C-v, 1-+) and a triangular one (C2v, 1A1). The calculated electronic transitions for CuC2- were also compared with the PES data, in which both isomers were present.

  5. Bi-composite sandwich moldings: processing, mechanical performance and bioactive behavior.

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    Sousa, R A; Oliveira, A L; Reis, R L; Cunha, A M; Bevis, M J

    2003-05-01

    Two composite systems composed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) filled with hydroxyapatite (HA) and carbon fiber (C fiber) were compounded in a co-rotating twin screw extruder and subsequently molded in a two component injection molding machine in order to produce test bars with a sandwich-like morphology. These moldings are based on a HDPE/HA composite outer layer and a HDPE/C fiber composite core. The mechanical performance of the obtained specimens was assessed by tensile and impact testing. The fracture surfaces were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical reflectance microscopy was used to characterize the morphology within the moldings. In order to study the bioactivity of the molded specimens, the samples were immersed for different periods of time up to 30 days in a simulated-body fluid (SBF) with an ion composition similar to human blood plasma. After each immersion period, the surfaces of the specimens were characterized by SEM. The chemical composition and the structure of the deposited films were studied by electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and thin-film X-ray diffraction (TF-XRD). The evolution of the elemental concentrations in the SBF solution was determined by induced coupled plasma emission (ICP) spectroscopy. Bi-composite moldings featuring a sandwich-like morphology were successfully produced. These moldings present a high stiffness as a result of the C fiber reinforcement present in the molding core. Furthermore, as a result of the HA loading, the sandwich moldings exhibit a clear in vitro bioactive behavior under simulated physiological conditions, which indicates that an in vivo bone-bonding behavior can be expected for these materials. PMID:15348441

  6. Characterization of syntactic foams and their sandwich composites: Modeling and experimental approaches

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    Gupta, Nikhil

    Hollow particle filled polymers known as syntactic foams are lightweight and highly damage tolerant. Syntactic foams are used as core materials in sandwich composites. The use of such materials in aeronautical and space structures make it necessary to understand their characteristics for various environmental and loading conditions. The first part of the present work takes modeling and finite element analysis approach to understand and predict the deformation behavior of syntactic foams. Contact analysis is performed on single particle models by the finite element analysis approach. In the second part extensive experiments are carried out to characterize syntactic foams for hygrothermal and compressive properties, and syntactic foam core sandwich composites for compressive and flexural properties. Flexural tests are carried out in three and four point bending and short beam shear configurations. Syntactic foams are tested in three different specimen sizes and orientations to characterize them as per the recommendations of various ASTM standards. Effect of specimen aspect ratio on the measured mechanical properties can be determined by such an approach. The effect of change in the internal radius of hollow particles, called cenospheres, on mechanical properties is studied for all these loading conditions. Five different types of cenospheres are selected fir the study of the internal radius dependence of mechanical properties of syntactic foams and their sandwich composites. All selected types of cenospheres have the same outer radius, however, their internal radius is different. Hence, difference in mechanical properties of syntactic foams is caused due to a difference in only one parameter, the cenosphere internal radius. Such unique approach made it possible to identify the individual contribution of matrix resin and cenospheres in the mechanical properties of syntactic foams. Specimen deformation behavior and fracture features are correlated to deformation curves obtained during the testing.

  7. Functional expression and regulation of drug transporters in monolayer- and sandwich-cultured mouse hepatocytes.

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    Noel, Gregory; Le Vee, Marc; Moreau, Amlie; Stieger, Bruno; Parmentier, Yannick; Fardel, Olivier

    2013-04-11

    Primary hepatocyte cultures are now considered as convenient models for in vitro analyzing liver drug transport. However, if primary human and rat hepatocytes have been well-characterized with respect to drug transporter expression and regulation, much less is known for primary mouse hepatocytes. The present study was therefore designed to gain insights about this point. The profile of sinusoidal and canalicular drug transporter mRNA expression in short time (4h)-cultured mouse hepatocytes was found to be highly correlated with that of freshly isolated hepatocytes; by contrast, those of counterparts cultured for a longer time (until 4 days) either in monolayer configurations on plastic or collagen or in sandwich configuration with matrigel were profoundly altered: uptake drug transporters such as Oct1, Oatps and Oat2 were thus down-regulated, whereas most of efflux transporters such as Mdr1a/b, Mrp3, Mrp4 and Bcrp were induced. Moreover, short time-cultured hepatocytes exhibited the highest levels of sinusoidal influx transporter activities. Transporter-mediated drug secretion into canalicular networks was however only observed in sandwich-cultured hepatocytes. Mouse hepatocytes cultured either in monolayer or sandwich configurations were finally shown to exhibit up-regulation of referent transporters in response to exposure to prototypical activators of the drug sensing receptors pregnane X receptor, aryl hydrocarbon receptor or constitutive androstane receptor. Taken together, these data demonstrate the feasibility of using primary mouse hepatocytes for investigating potential interactions of xenobiotics with hepatic transporter activity or regulation, provided that adequate culture conditions are retained. PMID:23396053

  8. Development of sandwich ELISAs for the detection of aromatic diisocyanate adducts

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    Lemons, Angela R.; Bledsoe, Toni A.; Siegel, Paul D.; Beezhold, Donald H.; Green, Brett J.

    2013-01-01

    Diisocyanates (dNCOs) are highly reactive low molecular weight chemicals commonly used in the manufacturing industry. Occupational exposures to dNCOs have been shown to elicit allergic sensitization and occupational asthma. Among the most commonly used dNCOs in industry are the aromatic dNCOs, toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI). This study aimed to develop enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) utilizing aromatic dNCO-specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for the detection of aromatic dNCO adducts. Two sandwich ELISAs were developed. The first sandwich ELISA utilized mAb 60G2 along with an anti-human serum albumin (HSA) polyclonal antibody. This assay detected MDI-, 2,4- and 2,6-TDI-HSA adducts with limits of detection (LOD) of 2.67, <0.10, and 1.70 ng/mL, respectively. When spiked into human serum, the LOD of this ELISA increased to 34.37, 7.64 and 24.06 ng/mL, respectively. The second ELISA utilized mAbs 62G5 and 60G2 for capture and detection. This assay was capable of detecting 2,4- and 2,6-TDI-HSA adducts with LODs of <4.90 and 26.92 ng/mL, respectively, and when spiked in human serum, <4.90 and 95.93 ng/mL, respectively. This 62G5-60G2 sandwich assay was also able to detect dNCO adducted transferrin, hemoglobin, keratin and actin, but with less sensitivity than dNCO-HSA. The results of this study demonstrate potential application of these ELISAs in the identification and characterization of aromatic dNCO adducts as well as in biomonitoring occupational and environmental dNCO exposures. PMID:24012971

  9. Effect of temperature on composite sandwich structures subjected to low velocity projectile impact

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    Sharma, A. V.

    1978-01-01

    An experimental investigation was conducted to study the effect of low velocity projectile impact on graphite/epoxy and Kevlar 49- graphite/epoxy sandwich structural components. Testing was performed at moderately low- and high-temperatures to assess the strength degradation of composites as compared to room temperature values. Low energy projectile impact is considered to simulate the damage caused by runway debris such as small rocks, dropping of hand tools during servicing, etc., on secondary aircraft structures fabricated out of composites. The preload and impact energy necessary to cause catastrophic failure were determined. The residual strength of impact-damaged specimens was also measured.

  10. Parameters estimation of sandwich beam model with rigid polyurethane foam core

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    Barbieri, Nilson; Barbieri, Renato; Winikes, Luiz Carlos

    2010-02-01

    In this work, the physical parameters of sandwich beams made with the association of hot-rolled steel, Polyurethane rigid foam and High Impact Polystyrene, used for the assembly of household refrigerators and food freezers are estimated using measured and numeric frequency response functions (FRFs). The mathematical models are obtained using the finite element method (FEM) and the Timoshenko beam theory. The physical parameters are estimated using the amplitude correlation coefficient and genetic algorithm (GA). The experimental data are obtained using the impact hammer and four accelerometers displaced along the sample (cantilevered beam). The parameters estimated are Young's modulus and the loss factor of the Polyurethane rigid foam and the High Impact Polystyrene.

  11. High-throughput studies of protein glycoforms using antibody-lectin sandwich arrays

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    Haab, Brian B.; Yue, Tingting

    2013-01-01

    The antibody-lectin sandwich arrays (ALSA) is a powerful new tool for glycoproteomics research. ALSA enables precise measurements of the glycosylation states of multiple proteins captured directly from biological samples. The platform can be used in a high-throughput mode with low sample consumption, making it well suited to biomarker research exploring glycan alterations on specific proteins. This article provides detailed descriptions of the use of ALSA, with a particular focus on biomarker research. The preparation and selection of antibodies and lectins, the preparation and use of the arrays and samples, and special considerations for using the platform for biomarker research are covered. PMID:21901603

  12. Magnetic properties of perpendicular exchange coupled composite with a synthesis antiferromagnetic sandwich structure

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    Chu, H. G.; Guo, H. H.; Xie, H. L.; Ma, B.; Zhang, Z. Z.; Wang, Y.; Jin, Q. Y.

    2014-03-01

    In this study, an exchange coupled composite (ECC) film with an antiferromagnetic sandwich structure L10-FePt/[Co/Ni]5/Ru/[Co/Ni]10 (FePt-CN-Ru) is prepared via dc magnetron sputtering and measured by vibrating sample magnetometer. The results show that FePt-CN-Ru film exhibits ECC characteristics, with excellent angular tolerance, low remanance magnetization, and a narrow switching field. Its thermal stability is higher than that of conventional ECC film. Finally, magnetization reversal is demonstrated through micromagnetic simulation.

  13. Application of Air Coupled Acoustic Thermography (ACAT) for Inspection of Honeycomb Sandwich Structures

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    Winfree, William P.; Zalameda, Joseph N.; Pergantis, Charles; Flanagan, David; Deschepper, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    The application of a noncontact air coupled acoustic heating technique is investigated for the inspection of advanced honeycomb composite structures. A weakness in the out of plane stiffness of the structure, caused by a delamination or core damage, allows for the coupling of acoustic energy and thus this area will have a higher temperature than the surrounding area. Air coupled acoustic thermography (ACAT) measurements were made on composite sandwich structures with damage and were compared to conventional flash thermography. A vibrating plate model is presented to predict the optimal acoustic source frequency. Improvements to the measurement technique are also discussed.

  14. Effects of moisture and thermal ageing on structural stability of sandwich panels

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    Morganti, F.; Marchetti, M.; Reibaldi, G.

    The structures employed in the space are frequently manufactured with composite materials, which can successfully optimize the exigences of lightness, strength and stiffness, as required by the nature of the missions. On the other hand, the ground and the space environments can modify the properties of these materials in a permanent way, so that an accurate evaluation of these impacts becomes necessary, in order to minimize the risk of degradations or not expected behaviours. These considerations have great importance in the design of large antenna reflectors, for which the operational frequencies are increasing and an high dimensional stability is required. As a consequence, their in-orbit thermal distortions must be minimized, considering the actual value of their Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (C.T.E.). Most of the reflectors are made of sandwich panels with composite skins, and their electrical performances are strongly sensitive to the C.T.E. value. So that, any cause which can even weakly influence this parameter in a irreversible way, like little variations in the structural integrity due to particular environment conditions, can lead to significant effects on the global antenna behaviour. Either moisture sorption and thermal ageing are able to change the physical relationship between the fibers and the matrix in a composite: the former, degrading the properties of the matrix itself, the latter, inducing micro-cracking inside the structure. Both these effects can influence the C.T.E. and there is a strong coupling between them. The moisture content is in fact a function of this thermal ageing and furthermore has an impact on the matrix micro-cracking. In the open literature very little has been published about the influence of this environment on the thermo-mechanical stability of sandwich structure for space applications. In order to understand more clearly the influence of moisture and thermal ageing on the C.T.E. of composites, both these parameters will be investigated separately by testing laminate and sandwich specimens. A mathematical model to predict the moisture absorption/desorption of sandwiches and laminates will be developed and compared with the test results. Comparison with existing data shall be presented.

  15. Low-energy impact resistance of graphite-epoxy plates and ALS honeycomb sandwich panels

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    Hui, David

    1989-01-01

    Low energy impact may be potentially dangerous for many highly optimized stiff structures. Impact by foreign objects such as birds, ice, and runways stones or dropping of tools occur frequently and the resulting damage and stress concentrations may be unacceptable from a designer's standpoint. The barely visible, yet potentially dangerous dents due to impact of foreign objects on the Advanced Launch System (ALS) structure are studied. Of particular interest is the computation of the maximum peak impact force for a given impactor mass and initial velocity. The theoretical impact forces will be compared with the experimental dropweight results for the ALS face sheets alone as well as the ALS honeycomb sandwich panels.

  16. Mechanical analysis of confectioning flaw of refractory alloy honeycomb sandwich structure

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    He, Xiaodong; Kong, Xianghao; Shi, Liping; Li, Mingwei

    2009-03-01

    Thermal protection system is one of the key technology of reusable launch vehicle (RLV). After C/C and ceramic-matrix composite used in space orbiter, one new-typed thermal protection systems (TPS)-ARMOR TPS is coming forth. ARMOR TPS is means adaptable, robust, metallic, operable, reusable TPS. The ARMOR TPS has many advantages, for example: fixing easily, longer life, good properties, short time of maintenance and service. The ARMOR TPS is one of important candidate structure of RLV. ARMOR thermal protection system in foreign countries for reusable launch vehicle is used instead of the traditional ceramic-matrix composite thermal protection system and C/C thermal protection system. Also the constituent feature of ARMOR thermal protection system is much better than the traditional TPS. In comparison with traditional TPS, the ARMOR TPS will be the best selection for all kinds of RLV. So the ARMOR thermal protection system will be used in aviation and spaceflight field more and more widely because of its much better performance. ARMOR TPS panel is above the whole ARMOR TPS, and the metal honeycomb sandwich structure is the surface of the ARMOR TPS panel. So the metal honeycomb sandwich structure plays an important role in the ARMOR TPS, while it bears the flight dynamic pressure and stands against the flight dynamic calefaction. The metal honeycomb sandwich structure is made using the technique of the whole braze welding. In the course of the vacuum high temperature braze welding, its surface will appear concave. The reasons which lead to the shortage are summarized and discussed. The difference of thermal expansion coefficient and pressure between the core and the panels may be the chief reasons. This paper will analyze the mechanics behavior of metal honeycomb sandwich structure in the course of the vacuum high temperature braze welding, then make sure the reasons and get a way to solve it. Haynes214 is a good material of face sheet at present. ? - TiAl and microlaminate materials are the candidate materials in the future.

  17. Secondary ion emission from phosphatidic acid sandwich films under atomic and molecular primary ion bombardment

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    Stapel, D.; Benninghoven, A.

    2001-11-01

    Secondary ion yields increase considerably when changing from atomic to molecular primary ions. Since secondary ion emission from deeper layers could result in a pronounced yield increase, the secondary ion emission depth of molecular fragments was investigated. A phosphatidic acid Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) sandwich system was applied. The well-defined layer structure of the applied sample allows the assignment of different depths of origin to the selected fragment ions. At least 93% of the detected characteristic molecular fragment ions originate from the first and second layers. This holds true for all applied atomic and molecular primary ions.

  18. Compression After Impact Experiments and Analysis on Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels with Thin Facesheets

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    McQuigg, Thomas D.

    2011-01-01

    A better understanding of the effect of impact damage on composite structures is necessary to give the engineer an ability to design safe, efficient structures. Current composite structures suffer severe strength reduction under compressive loading conditions, due to even light damage, such as from low velocity impact. A review is undertaken to access the current state-of-development in the areas of experimental testing, and analysis methods. A set of experiments on honeycomb core sandwich panels, with thin woven fiberglass cloth facesheets, is described, which includes detailed instrumentation and unique observation techniques.

  19. High heat flux actively cooled honeycomb sandwich structural panel for a hypersonic aircraft

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    Koch, L. C.; Pagel, L. L.

    1978-01-01

    The results of a program to design and fabricate an unshielded actively cooled structural panel for a hypersonic aircraft are presented. The design is an all-aluminum honeycomb sandwich with embedded cooling passages soldered to the inside of the outer moldline skin. The overall finding is that an actively cooled structure appears feasible for application on a hypersonic aircraft, but the fabrication process is complex and some material and manufacturing technology developments are required. Results from the program are summarized and supporting details are presented.

  20. Bonding and aromaticity in an all-metal sandwich-like compound, Be82-

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    Chattaraj, Pratim Kumar; Roy, Debesh Ranjan; Duley, Soma

    2008-07-01

    A two-step substitution reaction: CpZnZnCp(D5h)?-2Cp+2Be32-[BeZnZnBe](D3h)?-2Zn+2Be[BeBeBeBe](D3h) is studied at the B3LYP/6-311+G[d] level of theory. The resulting all-beryllium sandwich-like complex, Be82- is highly stable and aromatic. The ring-Be atoms show different reactivity towards hard and soft electro (nucleo) philes than the bond-Be atoms.

  1. The Effect of Temperature on Faceplate/Core Delamination in Composite/Titanium Sandwich Plates

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    Liechti, Kenneth M.; Marton, Balazs

    2000-01-01

    A study was made of the delamination behavior of sandwich beams made of titanium core bonded to face-plates that consisted of carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite. Nominally mode I behavior was considered at 23C and 180C, by making use of a specially reinforced double cantilever (DCB) specimens. The toughness of the bond between the faceplate and the core was determined on the basis of a beam on elastic foundation analysis. The specimen compliance, and toughness were all independent of temperature in these relatively short-term experiments. The fracture mechanism showed temperature dependence, due to the hygrothermal sensitivity of the adhesive.

  2. Proton radiography of PBX 9502 detonation shock dynamics confinement sandwich test

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    Aslam, Tariq D; Jackson, Scott I; Morris, John S

    2009-01-01

    Recent results utilizing proton radiography (P-Rad) during the detonation of the high explosive PBX 9502 are presented. Specifically, the effects of confinement of the detonation are examined in the LANL detonation confinement sandwich geometry. The resulting detonation velocity and detonation shock shape are measured. In addition, proton radiography allows one to image the reflected shocks through the detonation products. Comparisons are made with detonation shock dynamics (DSD) and reactive flow models for the lead detonation shock and detonation velocity. In addition, predictions of reflected shocks are made with the reactive flow models.

  3. Numerical Analysis of Thermodynamic Behaviour of Through-Thickness Stitched Sandwich Laminate

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    Shigang, Ai; Yiqi, Mao; Yongmao, Pei; Daining, Fang; Liqun, Tang

    2013-12-01

    Effects of stitching angle on mechanical properties, thermal protection capability and induced thermal stress of stitched sandwich laminate (SSL) are numerically analyzed by ABAQUS codes. Interest centers on the potential for microcracking in the vicinity of the through-thickness stitches and the skins/foam interfaces. Two numerical models, in-depth heat transfer and thermoelastic deformation, are coupled to yield the transient response of the SSL. Six different stitching angles are considered and the simulation results showed that: the heat conductivity ability of the SSL is improved as the stitching angle increasing, which alters the mechanical behaviour and the thermal stress state of the SSL.

  4. Archetypal sandwich-structured CuO for high performance non-enzymatic sensing of glucose

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    Meher, Sumanta Kumar; Rao, G. Ranga

    2013-02-01

    In the quest to enhance the selectivity and sensitivity of novel structured metal oxides for electrochemical non-enzymatic sensing of glucose, we report here a green synthesis of unique sandwich-structured CuO on a large scale under microwave mediated homogeneous precipitation conditions. The physicochemical studies carried out by XRD and BET methods show that the monoclinic CuO formed via thermal decomposition of Cu2(OH)2CO3 possesses monomodal channel-type pores with largely improved surface area (~43 m2 g-1) and pore volume (0.163 cm3 g-1). The fascinating surface morphology and pore structure of CuO is formulated due to homogeneous crystallization and microwave induced self assembly during synthesis. The cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry studies show diffusion controlled glucose oxidation at ~0.6 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) with extremely high sensitivity of 5342.8 ?A mM-1 cm-2 and respective detection limit and response time of ~1 ?M and ~0.7 s, under a wide dynamic concentration range of glucose. The chronoamperometry measurements demonstrate that the sensitivity of CuO to glucose is unaffected by the absence of dissolved oxygen and presence of poisoning chloride ions in the reaction medium, which essentially implies high poison resistance activity of the sandwich-structured CuO. The sandwich-structured CuO also shows insignificant interference/significant selectivity to glucose, even in the presence of high concentrations of other sugars as well as reducing species. In addition, the sandwich-structured CuO shows excellent reproducibility (relative standard deviation of ~2.4% over ten identically fabricated electrodes) and outstanding long term stability (only ~1.3% loss in sensitivity over a period of one month) during non-enzymatic electrochemical sensing of glucose. The unique microstructure and suitable channel-type pore architecture provide structural stability and maximum accessible electroactive surface for unimpeded mobility of glucose as well as the product molecules, which result in the excellent sensitivity and selectivity of sandwich-structured CuO for glucose under non-enzymatic milieu.In the quest to enhance the selectivity and sensitivity of novel structured metal oxides for electrochemical non-enzymatic sensing of glucose, we report here a green synthesis of unique sandwich-structured CuO on a large scale under microwave mediated homogeneous precipitation conditions. The physicochemical studies carried out by XRD and BET methods show that the monoclinic CuO formed via thermal decomposition of Cu2(OH)2CO3 possesses monomodal channel-type pores with largely improved surface area (~43 m2 g-1) and pore volume (0.163 cm3 g-1). The fascinating surface morphology and pore structure of CuO is formulated due to homogeneous crystallization and microwave induced self assembly during synthesis. The cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry studies show diffusion controlled glucose oxidation at ~0.6 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) with extremely high sensitivity of 5342.8 ?A mM-1 cm-2 and respective detection limit and response time of ~1 ?M and ~0.7 s, under a wide dynamic concentration range of glucose. The chronoamperometry measurements demonstrate that the sensitivity of CuO to glucose is unaffected by the absence of dissolved oxygen and presence of poisoning chloride ions in the reaction medium, which essentially implies high poison resistance activity of the sandwich-structured CuO. The sandwich-structured CuO also shows insignificant interference/significant selectivity to glucose, even in the presence of high concentrations of other sugars as well as reducing species. In addition, the sandwich-structured CuO shows excellent reproducibility (relative standard deviation of ~2.4% over ten identically fabricated electrodes) and outstanding long term stability (only ~1.3% loss in sensitivity over a period of one month) during non-enzymatic electrochemical sensing of glucose. The unique microstructure and suitable channel-type pore architecture provide structural stability and maximum accessible electroactive surface for unimpe

  5. Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect in a Perovskite and Inverse-Perovskite Sandwich Structure

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    Wu, Long-Hua; Liang, Qi-Feng; Hu, Xiao

    2016-01-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, we propose a sandwich structure composed of a G-type anti-ferromagnetic Mott insulator LaCrO3 grown along the [001] direction with one atomic layer replaced by an inverse-perovskite material Sr3PbO. We show that the system is in a topologically nontrivial phase characterized by simultaneous nonzero charge and spin Chern numbers, which can support a spin-polarized and dissipationless edge current in a finite system. Since these two materials are stable in bulk and match each other with only small lattice distortions, the composite material is expected easy to synthesize.

  6. Generation of quasi-monoenergetic carbon ions accelerated parallel to the plane of a sandwich target

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    Wang, J. W.; Murakami, M.; Weng, S. M.; Xu, H.; Ju, J. J.; Luan, S. X.; Yu, W.

    2014-12-15

    A new ion acceleration scheme, namely, target parallel Coulomb acceleration, is proposed in which a carbon plate sandwiched between gold layers is irradiated with intense linearly polarized laser pulses. The high electrostatic field generated by the gold ions efficiently accelerates the embedded carbon ions parallel to the plane of the target. The ion beam is found to be collimated by the concave-shaped Coulomb potential. As a result, a quasi-monoenergetic and collimated C{sup 6+}-ion beam with an energy exceeding 10 MeV/nucleon is produced at a laser intensity of 5 × 10{sup 19} W/cm{sup 2}.

  7. Nonlinear vibration characteristics of graphene/piezoelectric sandwich films under electric loading based on nonlocal elastic theory

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    Li, H. B.; Li, Y. D.; Wang, X.; Huang, X.

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports the result of an investigation into the nonlinear vibration frequencies of graphene/piezoelectric sandwich films under electrical loading based on nonlocal elastic theory by utilizing a global residual harmonic balance method. Based on the Galerkin method and global residual harmonic balance method, the nonlinear resonant frequencies of graphene/piezoelectric sandwich films under electric exciting loads are obtained with a set of factors: the ratio of the oscillating amplitude to the thickness of sandwich films, small scale effect, electric loading exerted on piezoelectric layer, mode number and size length. Results indicate that the electric exciting load enhances the nonlinear resonant frequency of graphene/piezoelectric sandwich films, the nonlinear resonant frequency decreases as the scale effect increases, the scale effect has a more significant effect on higher mode resonant frequency and linear resonant frequency, and the effect of scale on the nonlinear resonant frequency is independent on the electric exciting load and the boundary conditions exerted on the sandwich films.

  8. Computational model considering effects of process and experimental verification of compressive strength of the X-cor sandwich

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    Dang, X. D.; Jun, X.; Tan, Y. G.; Li, Y.; Yuan, Y. H.; Zhang, J. B.

    2008-11-01

    In order to increase the through-thickness compressive strength, pultruded carbon fiber pins are inserted into the ploymethacrylimide core of the sandwich, and then the X-cor sandwich is obtained. During curing process of the X-cor sandwich the forming of the residual stress is described in detail, the analytical results are that carbon fiber Z-pins preserve residually tensile stress in the end. Considering the effects of the residual stress Z-pins are treated as beams upon an elastic foundation, then a sort of compressive strength computational model of the X-cor sandwich is proposed and the compressive strength is computed. The X-cor sandwich samples of different density, diameter and angle of Z-pins are made for compressive strength experiments. Through the contrast between experimental and computational results the computational model is verified. As Z-pin's diameter and density increase the residual stress increase. While as Z-pin's angle increases the residual stress decrease.

  9. Constructing Aligned Assessments Using Automated Test Construction

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    Porter, Andrew; Polikoff, Morgan S.; Barghaus, Katherine M.; Yang, Rui

    2013-01-01

    We describe an innovative automated test construction algorithm for building aligned achievement tests. By incorporating the algorithm into the test construction process, along with other test construction procedures for building reliable and unbiased assessments, the result is much more valid tests than result from current test construction

  10. The response of the Space Shuttle Orbiter graphite/epoxy sandwich panels to exposure to moisture and heat

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    Zigrang, D. J.; Bergmann, H. W.

    1978-01-01

    The Shuttle Orbiter Payload Bay Door is covered with graphite/epoxy sandwich panels. Their interaction with ground environments causes a moisture absorption of approximately 1.0% by weight at the time of launch. During the reentry phase the temperature of the outer facesheets rises to 177 C and their moisture content diminishes to 0.65%. In this condition the facesheet strength deteriorates significantly. Also, desorption of moisture produces an internal pressure in the panels of ca. 345 kPa. The paper discusses the prediction of expected moisture levels in the constituent parts of the sandwich panels. It describes further the test program necessary to assess the residual strength of the facesheets and the internal pressure capability of the sandwich panels.

  11. Redox-induced reversible metal assembly through translocation and reversible ligand coupling in tetranuclear metal sandwich frameworks.

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    Murahashi, Tetsuro; Shirato, Katsunori; Fukushima, Azusa; Takase, Kohei; Suenobu, Tomoyoshi; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Ogoshi, Sensuke; Kurosawa, Hideo

    2012-01-01

    Sandwich structures formed by metal atoms intercalated between sp(2)-carbon planes can be found either in metal-graphite-based materials or discrete multinuclear sandwich complexes. Their reactivity, and in particular their dynamic behaviour, has recently attracted interest both from a structural and a practical aspect, for example in catalysis. However, progress in this area has been rather slow, and it remains difficult to elucidate their structure and behaviour at the molecular level. Here, we report two sandwich complexes--in which four palladium centres are incorporated between two ?-conjugated ligands--which exhibit two modes of redox-switchable structural changes. In the first complex, the tetrapalladium chain is split by oxidation into two well-separated dipalladium units. This motion is reversed on reduction. In the second complex, reversible carbon-carbon coupling occurs between the ligands during the redox process. PMID:22169872

  12. Advances in Joining Techniques Used in Development of SPF/DB Titanium Sandwich Reinforced with Metal Matrices

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    Fischler, J. E.

    1985-01-01

    Three and four-sheet expanded titanium sandwich sheets have been developed at Douglas Aircraft Company, a division of McDonnell Douglas Corporation, under contract to NASA Langley Research Center. In these contracts, spot welding and roll seam welding are used to join the core sheets. These core sheets are expanded to the face sheets and diffusion bonded to form various type cells. The advantages of various cell shapes and the design parameters for optimizing the wing and fuselage concepts are discussed versus the complexity of the spot weld pattern. In addition, metal matrix composites of fibers in an aluminum matrix encapsulated in a titanium sheath are aluminum brazed successfully to the titanium sandwich face sheets. The strength and crack growth rate of the superplastic-formed/diffusion bonded (SPF/DB) titanium sandwich with and without the metal matrix composites are described.

  13. Immunodiagnosis of fascioliasis using sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for detection of Fasciola gigantica paramyosin antigen

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    Abou-Elhakam, Hany Mohamed Adel; Bauomy, Ibraheem Rabia; El Deeb, Somaya Osman; El Amir, Azza Mohamed

    2013-01-01

    Background: Many immunological techniques have been developed over years using the different Fasciola antigens for diagnosis of parasitic infection and to replace the parasitological techniques, which are time consuming and usually lack sensitivity and reproducibility. Materials and Methods: In this study, Fasciola gigantica paramyosin (Pmy) antigen was early detected in cattle sera using sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), to evaluate the Pmy antigen performance in diagnosis. This work was conducted on 135 cattle blood samples, which were classified according to parasitological investigation into, healthy control (30), fascioliasis (75), and other parasites (30) groups. Results: The sensitivity of Sandwich ELISA was 97.33%, and the specificity was 95%, in comparison with parasitological examination, which recorded 66.66% sensitivity and 100% specificity, respectively. Conclusions: It was clear that the native F. gigantica Pmy is considered as a powerful antigen in early immunodiagnosis of fascioliasis, using a highly sensitive and specific sandwich ELISA technique. PMID:23961441

  14. Low-voltage and wide-band tuning of lasing in a dye-doped liquid-crystal sandwich structure.

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    Lo, Y-S; Liu, Y-M; Yeh, H-C

    2015-11-16

    This paper reports the electrical tuning of a lasing in a liquid crystal (LC) sandwich structure. A dye-doped nematic LC (NLC) layer is sandwiched between two CLC layers to act as a phase retarder with the CLC layers acting as cavity mirrors, for the selective reflection of light in the photonic band with the same sense of helix handedness as that of the CLC layers. The transmittance spectrum of the sandwich cell provides a large range of modulation due to the wavelength dependent nature of phase retardation between the optical eigenmodes in the NLC layer. Lasing occurs at wavelengths corresponding to the maximum transmittance within the reflection band of the CLC layers. The application of voltage to the NLC layer makes it possible to shift the wavelengths of maximum transmittance, thereby tuning the wavelength of lasing. In these experiments, an applied voltage of 1.25 V was sufficient to shift the lasing peak wavelength by approximately 47 nm. PMID:26698521

  15. Al/C/MnO2 sandwich nanowalls with highly porous surface for electrochemical energy storage

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    He, Shuijian; Zhang, Ruizhong; Zhang, Chunmei; Liu, Minmin; Gao, Xiaohui; Ju, Jian; Li, Lei; Chen, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Hierarchical materials supported on metal substrates present promising applications in flexible energy storage and conversion devices. Compared to Au, Ag, Cu, Ni, Ti, W and their alloys, Al, the most abundant metal in the crust has been less used in supercapacitors due to its high activity which makes it unstable in acid and base electrolytes. In this paper, we explore a novel Al/C/MnO2 sandwich structured material for the first time for supercapacitor. Owing to the highly porous and open surface structure and the highly conductive Al/C double core current collector on nanoscale, the Al/C/MnO2 sandwich nanowall arrays supported on Al foil show excellent capacitance performance with a maximum area specific capacitance of 1008.3 mF cm-2 and a high energy density of 35.2 μWh cm-2 at 2 mA cm-2. Moreover, a supercapacitor device with 4 supercapacitors connected in series can power a LED lamp. The present study demonstrates a novel electrode architecture based on Al foil with remarkably high area specific capacitance and stability for promising supercapacitor applications. Our strategy provides a new approach to the fabrication of hierarchical electrode materials from Al metal (could also be extend to other metal substrates) for supercapacitors and other energy storage and conversion devices.

  16. Sandwich-format 3D printed microfluidic mixers: a flexible platform for multi-probe analysis

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    Kise, Drew P; Reddish, Michael J; Dyer, R Brian

    2015-01-01

    We report on a microfluidic mixer fabrication platform that increases the versatility and flexibility of mixers for biomolecular applications. A sandwich-format design allows the application of multiple spectroscopic probes to the same mixer. A polymer spacer is ‘sandwiched’ between two transparent windows, creating a closed microfluidic system. The channels of the mixer are defined by regions in the polymer spacer that lack material and therefore the polymer need not be transparent in the spectral region of interest. Suitable window materials such as CaF2 make the device accessible to a wide range of optical probe wavelengths, from the deep UV to the mid-IR. In this study, we use a commercially available 3D printer to print the polymer spacers to apply three different channel designs into the passive, continuous-flow mixer, and integrated them with three different spectroscopic probes. All three spectroscopic probes are applicable to each mixer without further changes. The sandwich-format mixer coupled with cost-effective 3D printed fabrication techniques could increase the applicability and accessibility of microfluidic mixing to intricate kinetic schemes and monitoring chemical synthesis in cases where only one probe technique proves insufficient. PMID:26855478

  17. Damage Behaviors of Foam Sandwiched Composite Materials Under Quasi-Static Three-point Bending

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    Zhang, Fa; Mohmmed, Ramadan; Sun, Baozhong; Gu, Bohong

    2013-12-01

    This paper reports the quasi-static three-point bending damage behaviors of foam sandwiched composites in finite element analyses (FEA) and experimental. Finite element calculations were performed to characterize the static response of foam sandwich composites with different ply angle face sheets. Quasi-static three-point bending tests were conducted with a MTS materials testing system to obtain the load-displacement curves and energy absorption under quasi-static bending. A crushable foam model was used in order to explore the mechanical behaviors of core materials, while the Hashin criterion was employed to predict the failure of the face sheets. The load-displacement curves show a satisfactory agreement between the experimental and numerical results. The finite element calculations can also be used to obtain the failure mode included the core damage, face sheet damage and face-core interface damage. It can be observed that the damage at the core material can be classified as either core cracking or core crushing. The damage of the face sheet was through matrix cracking and delamination, with fiber breakage. The significant indentation occurs as a result of the fiber breakage. The face-core interface crack was typically induced by the cracks initiated from the tensile side and propagated to the compressive side.

  18. Evaluation of the sensitivity and fatigue performance of embedded piezopolymer sensor systems in sandwich composite laminates

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    Chrysochoidis, N. A.; Gutirrez, E.

    2015-02-01

    It has been claimed that embedding piezoceramic devices as structural diagnostic systems in advanced composite structures may introduce mechanical impedance mismatches that favor the formation of intralaminar defects. This and other factors, such as cost and their high strain sensitivity, have motivated the use of thin-film piezopolymer sensors. In this paper, we examine the performance of sandwich composite panels fitted with embedded piezopolymer sensors. Our experiments examine both how such thin-film sensors perform within a structure and how the inclusion of sensor films affects structural performance. Strain-controlled tests on sandwich panels subjected to three-point bending under wide-ranging static and dynamic strains lead us to conclude that embedding thin piezopolymer films has no marked reduction on the tensile strength for a wide range of strain loading paths and magnitudes, and that the resilience of the embedded sensor is itself satisfactory, even up to the point of structural failure. Comparing baseline data obtained from standard surface-mounted sensors and foil gauges, we note that whereas it is possible to match experimental and theoretical strain sensitivities, key propertiesespecially the pronounced orthotropic electromechanical factor of such filmsmust be duly considered before an effective calibration can take place.

  19. Sandwich fluorimetric method for specific detection of Staphylococcus aureus based on antibiotic-affinity strategy.

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    Kong, Weijun; Xiong, Jie; Yue, Huan; Fu, Zhifeng

    2015-10-01

    A novel antibiotic-affinity strategy was designed for fluorimetric detection of pathogenic bacteria based on the strong affinity of antibiotic agent to the cell wall of bacteria. In this proof-of-concept work, vancocin, a glycopeptide antibiotic for Gram-positive bacteria, was used as a molecular recognition agent to anchor Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) cell. To improve the specificity of this method for S. aureus detection, IgG was adopted as the second recognition agent utilizing the binding between Fc region of IgG and S. aureus protein A in the cell wall, to form a sandwich complex. By using fluorescein isothiocyanate as the signal probe, S. aureus whole cells could be directly assayed within a linear range of 1.0 10(3)-1.0 10(9) CFU mL(-1) with a detection limit of 2.9 10(2) CFU mL(-1). The whole assay process could be completed within 130 min when a ready-for-use microplate was adopted. This proposed strategy for pathogenic bacteria detection possessed some attractive characteristics such as high sensitivity, wide linear range, simple manipulation, short assay time, and low cost. Furthermore, this sandwich mode also showed ideal specificity because vancocin and IgG bound with S. aureus at two distinct sites. It opened up a new pathway for high-throughput screening of pathogenic bacteria in medical diagnosis, food safety, bioterrorism defense, and drug discovery. PMID:26352835

  20. Fabrication of mucoadhesive chitosan coated polyvinylpyrrolidone/cyclodextrin/clotrimazole sandwich patches for oral candidiasis.

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    Tonglairoum, Prasopchai; Ngawhirunpat, Tanasait; Rojanarata, Theerasak; Panomsuk, Suwanee; Kaomongkolgit, Ruchadaporn; Opanasopit, Praneet

    2015-11-01

    This study aims to fabricate clotrimazole (CZ)-composite sandwich nanofibers using electrospinning. The CZ-loaded polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)/hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) fiber was coated with chitosan-cysteine (CS-SH)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) to increase the mucoadhesive properties and to achieve a sustained release of the drug from the nanofibers. The nanofibers were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The nanofibers mechanical and mucoadhesive properties, drug release, antifungal activity and cytotoxicity were also assessed. The fibers were in the nanoscale with good mucoadhesive properties. The XRPD revealed a molecular dispersion of amorphous CZ in the nanofibers. The initial fast release of CZ from the nanofibers was achieved. Moreover, the sandwich nanofibers coated for longer times resulted in slower release rates compared with the shorter coating times. The CZ-loaded nanofibers killed the Candida significantly faster than the commercial CZ lozenges at 5, 15 and 30 min and were safe for a 2-h incubation. Therefore, these nanofibers may be promising candidates for the treatment of oral candidiasis. PMID:26256338

  1. The Association between Membership in the Sandwich Generation and Health Behaviors: A Longitudinal Study

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    Chassin, Laurie; Macy, Jon T.; Seo, Dong-Chul; Presson, Clark C.; Sherman, Steven J.

    2009-01-01

    The current study examined the association between membership in the sandwich generation, defined as providing care to both children and parents or in-laws, and five health behaviors: checking the food label for health value when buying foods, using a seat belt, choosing foods based on health value, exercising regularly, and cigarette smoking. Participants (N=4943) were from a longitudinal study of a midwestern community-based sample. Regression analyses tested the unique effect of sandwich generation membership on health behaviors above and beyond demographic factors and prior levels of the same behavior. Compared to other caregivers and noncaregivers, multigenerational caregivers were less likely to check food labels and to choose foods based on health values. Multigenerational caregivers were less likely than noncaregivers and those who cared for children only to use seat belts, and they smoked marginally more cigarettes per day than those groups. Multigenerational caregivers were less likely than noncaregivers and those who cared for parents/in-laws only to exercise regularly. Thus, in general, healthy behaviors were diminished for multigenerational caregivers. PMID:20161605

  2. The Association between Membership in the Sandwich Generation and Health Behaviors: A Longitudinal Study.

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    Chassin, Laurie; Macy, Jon T; Seo, Dong-Chul; Presson, Clark C; Sherman, Steven J

    2010-01-01

    The current study examined the association between membership in the sandwich generation, defined as providing care to both children and parents or in-laws, and five health behaviors: checking the food label for health value when buying foods, using a seat belt, choosing foods based on health value, exercising regularly, and cigarette smoking. Participants (N=4943) were from a longitudinal study of a midwestern community-based sample. Regression analyses tested the unique effect of sandwich generation membership on health behaviors above and beyond demographic factors and prior levels of the same behavior. Compared to other caregivers and noncaregivers, multigenerational caregivers were less likely to check food labels and to choose foods based on health values. Multigenerational caregivers were less likely than noncaregivers and those who cared for children only to use seat belts, and they smoked marginally more cigarettes per day than those groups. Multigenerational caregivers were less likely than noncaregivers and those who cared for parents/in-laws only to exercise regularly. Thus, in general, healthy behaviors were diminished for multigenerational caregivers. PMID:20161605

  3. Development of sandwich ELISAs that can distinguish different types of coxsackievirus A16 viral particles.

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    Ye, Xiangzhong; Yang, Lisheng; Jia, Jizong; Han, Jinle; Li, Shuxuan; Liu, Yajing; Xu, Longfa; Zhao, Huan; Chen, Yixin; Li, Yimin; Cheng, Tong; Xia, Ningshao

    2016-03-01

    Coxsackievirus A16 (CA16) is one of the major causative agents of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). No CA16 vaccine candidates have progressed to clinical trials so far. Immunogenicity studies indicated that different CA16 particles have much influence on the efficacy of a candidate vaccine. However, there are still no relevant reports on the methods of detecting different CA16 particles. In this study, we screened several monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) specific for different CA16 particles, and several sandwich enzyme-linked immunoassays (ELISAs) were developed to measure the different types of CA16 viral particles. The mAbs that could only bind denatured or empty capsids could not neutralize CA16. In contrast, the mAbs that could bind mature full particles or all types of particles showed obvious neutralizing activity. The thermal stability of different CA16 particles was evaluated using these sandwich ELISAs. The mature full particles were found to be more thermolabile than the other types of particles and could be stabilized by high concentrations of cations. These methods can be used to assist in the potency control of CA16 vaccines and will promote the development of a CA16 vaccine. PMID:26767830

  4. Sandwich-format 3D printed microfluidic mixers: a flexible platform for multi-probe analysis

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    Kise, Drew P.; Reddish, Michael J.; Dyer, R. Brian

    2015-12-01

    We report on a microfluidic mixer fabrication platform that increases the versatility and flexibility of mixers for biomolecular applications. A sandwich-format design allows the application of multiple spectroscopic probes to the same mixer. A polymer spacer is ‘sandwiched’ between two transparent windows, creating a closed microfluidic system. The channels of the mixer are defined by regions in the polymer spacer that lack material and therefore the polymer need not be transparent in the spectral region of interest. Suitable window materials such as CaF2 make the device accessible to a wide range of optical probe wavelengths, from the deep UV to the mid-IR. In this study, we use a commercially available 3D printer to print the polymer spacers to apply three different channel designs into the passive, continuous-flow mixer, and integrated them with three different spectroscopic probes. All three spectroscopic probes are applicable to each mixer without further changes. The sandwich-format mixer coupled with cost-effective 3D printed fabrication techniques could increase the applicability and accessibility of microfluidic mixing to intricate kinetic schemes and monitoring chemical synthesis in cases where only one probe technique proves insufficient.

  5. Method for Sorting and Pairwise Selection of Nanobodies for the Development of Highly Sensitive Sandwich Immunoassays.

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    Rossotti, Martn A; Pirez, Macarena; Gonzalez-Techera, Andres; Cui, Yongliang; Bever, Candace S; Lee, Kin S S; Morisseau, Christophe; Leizagoyen, Carmen; Gee, Shirley; Hammock, Bruce D; Gonzlez-Sapienza, Gualberto

    2015-12-01

    Single domain heavychain binders (nanobodies) obtained from camelid antibody libraries hold a great promise for immunoassay development. However, there is no simple method to select the most valuable nanobodies from the crowd of positive clones obtained after the initial screening. In this paper, we describe a novel nanobody-based platform that allows comparison of the reactivity of hundreds of clones with the labeled antigen, and identifies the best nanobody pairs for two-site immunoassay development. The output clones are biotinylated in vivo in 96-well culture blocks and then used to saturate the biotin binding capacity of avidin coated wells. This standardizes the amount of captured antibody allowing their sorting by ranking their reactivity with the labeled antigen. Using human soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) as a model antigen, we were able to classify 96 clones in four families and confirm this classification by sequencing. This provided a criterion to select a restricted panel of five capturing antibodies and to test each of them against the rest of the 96 clones. The method constitutes a powerful tool for epitope binning, and in our case allowed development of a sandwich ELISA for sEH with a detection limit of 63 pg/mL and four log dynamic range, which performed with excellent recovery in different tissue extracts. This strategy provides a systematic way to test nanobody pairwise combinations and would have a broad utility for the development of highly sensitive sandwich immunoassays. PMID:26544909

  6. Plastic-adherent DNA aptamer-magnetic bead and quantum dot sandwich assay for Campylobacter detection.

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    Bruno JG; Phillips T; Carrillo MP; Crowell R

    2009-05-01

    DNA aptamers were developed against MgCl(2)-extracted surface proteins from Campylobacter jejuni. The two highest affinity aptamers were selected for use in a magnetic bead (MB) and red quantum dot (QD)-based sandwich assay scheme. The assay was evaluated using both heat-killed and live C. jejuni and exhibits detection limits as low as an average of 2.5 colony forming unit (cfu) equivalents in buffer and 10-250 cfu in various food matrices. The assay exhibits low cross-reactivity with bacterial species outside the Campylobacter genus, but exhibits substantial cross-reactivity with C. coli and C. lari. The assay was evaluated with a spectrofluorometer and a commercially available handheld fluorometer, which yielded comparable detection limits and ranges. Remarkably, the sandwich assay components adhere to the inside face of polystyrene cuvettes even in food matrices near neutral pH, thereby enabling a rapid homogeneous assay, because fluorescence is concentrated to a small, thin planar area and background fluorescence from the bulk solution is minimized. The plastic cuvette-adherent technology coupled to a sensitive handheld fluorometer may enable rapid (15-20 min), portable detection of foodborne pathogens from "farm-to-fork" by obviating the slow enrichment culture phase used by other food safety tests.

  7. Compression After Impact on Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels With Thin Facesheets. Part 1; Experiments

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    McQuigg, Thomas D.; Kapania, Rakesh K.; Scotti, Stephen J.; Walker, Sandra P.

    2012-01-01

    A two part research study has been completed on the topic of compression after impact (CAI) of thin facesheet honeycomb core sandwich panels. The research has focused on both experiments and analysis in an effort to establish and validate a new understanding of the damage tolerance of these materials. Part one, the subject of the current paper, is focused on the experimental testing. Of interest are sandwich panels, with aerospace applications, which consist of very thin, woven S2-fiberglass (with MTM45-1 epoxy) facesheets adhered to a Nomex honeycomb core. Two sets of specimens, which were identical with the exception of the density of the honeycomb core, were tested. Static indentation and low velocity impact using a drop tower are used to study damage formation in these materials. A series of highly instrumented CAI tests was then completed. New techniques used to observe CAI response and failure include high speed video photography, as well as digital image correlation (DIC) for full-field deformation measurement. Two CAI failure modes, indentation propagation, and crack propagation, were observed. From the results, it can be concluded that the CAI failure mode of these panels depends solely on the honeycomb core density.

  8. Common features in structures and sequences of sandwich-like proteins.

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    Kister, Alexander E; Finkelstein, Alexei V; Gelfand, Israel M

    2002-10-29

    The goal of this work is to define the structural and sequence features common to sandwich-like proteins (SPs), a group of very different proteins now comprising 69 superfamilies in 38 protein folds. Analysis of the arrangements of strands within main sandwich sheets revealed a rigorously defined constraint on the supersecondary substructure that holds true for 94% of known SP structures. The invariant substructure consists of two interlocked pairs of neighboring beta-strands. It is even more typical for centers of SP than the well-known "Greek key" strands arrangement for their edges. As homology among these proteins is not usually detectable even with the most powerful sequence-comparing algorithms, we employed a structure-based approach to sequence alignment. Within the interlocked strands we found 12 positions with fixed structural roles in SP. A residue at any of these positions possesses similar structural properties with residues in the same position of other SPs. The 12 positions lie at the center of the interface between the beta-sheets and form the common geometrical core of SPs. Of the 12 positions, 8 are occupied by only four hydrophobic residues in 80% of all SPs. PMID:12384574

  9. Development of sandwich-form biosensor to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in clinical sputum specimens.

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    Shojaei, Taha Roodbar; Mohd Salleh, Mohamad Amran; Tabatabaei, Meisam; Ekrami, Alireza; Motallebi, Roya; Rahmani-Cherati, Tavoos; Hajalilou, Abdollah; Jorfi, Raheleh

    2014-01-01

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causing agent of tuberculosis, comes second only after HIV on the list of infectious agents slaughtering many worldwide. Due to the limitations behind the conventional detection methods, it is therefore critical to develop new sensitive sensing systems capable of quick detection of the infectious agent. In the present study, the surface modified cadmium-telluride quantum dots and gold nanoparticles conjunct with two specific oligonucleotides against early secretory antigenic target 6 were used to develop a sandwich-form fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based biosensor to detect M. tuberculosis complex and differentiate M. tuberculosis and M. bovis Bacille Calmette-Guerin simultaneously. The sensitivity and specificity of the newly developed biosensor were 94.2% and 86.6%, respectively, while the sensitivity and specificity of polymerase chain reaction and nested polymerase chain reaction were considerably lower, 74.2%, 73.3% and 82.8%, 80%, respectively. The detection limits of the sandwich-form fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based biosensor were far lower (10 fg) than those of the polymerase chain reaction and nested polymerase chain reaction (100 fg). Although the cost of the developed nanobiosensor was slightly higher than those of the polymerase chain reaction-based techniques, its unique advantages in terms of turnaround time, higher sensitivity and specificity, as well as a 10-fold lower detection limit would clearly recommend this test as a more appropriate and cost-effective tool for large scale operations. PMID:25181404

  10. Optimization of a Sandwich Panels by Using the Simulated Annealing Method

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    Bustamante, Renato Correa Ribeiro

    2002-01-01

    The mass reduction of space structures is of great importance, since it allows the payload and/or space vehicles lifetime increase. As a consequence, the use of sandwich panels has been growing in the last years, since these panels have a high stiffness/weight ratio. The problem presented in this work is about mass minimization of sandwich panels facesheets. The panel facesheets are composed of a net of composite material fiber strips. Defining a nonuniform material distribution, taking into account a lower boundary for the first natural frequency as constraint reduces the mass of these facesheets. This problem was previously solved by using deterministic methods of optimization. However, as the structural optimization problems have many local minima, the deterministic methods present difficulty to find the global optimum design. To outline this problem, a stochastic algorithm has been used in this work, based on the Simulated Annealing method (SA), which allows directional and random search and it is able to reach the global minimum. The goal of this work is to study the behavior of the SA algorithm when it's used to solve structural optimization problems. The designs are generated randomly and the change costs (variation of the objective function) is evaluated. The outputs obtained with this method are compared with results from some deterministic optimization methods.

  11. Flexural free vibration of sandwich flat panels with laminated anisotropic face sheets

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    Hause, Terry; Librescu, Liviu

    2006-11-01

    A study of the effects of anisotropy of face sheets, of core layer, and as of other mechanical/geometrical parameters of flat sandwich panels on their eigenfrequency characteristics is presented. The study is carried out in the context of an advanced model of sandwich structures featuring monoclinic anisotropy-type laminated face sheets and an orthotropic light core. A detailed analysis of the influence of a number of important parameters associated with panel geometry, fiber orientation and stacking sequence in the face sheets, and material properties of the core is carried out, and pertinent conclusions are outlined. In spite of the intricacy of the investigated problem, the adopted solution methodology of the problem enables one to obtain a closed-form solution of eigenfrequency predictions. Numerical simulations highlighting the implications of a number of parameters on eigenfrequencies, as well as validations against the few ones available in the specialized literature, are presented. Pertinent conclusions regarding their dynamic optimization via the use of directional properties of fiber-composite materials in the face sheets and of orthotropicity in the core layer material are supplied.

  12. Sandwich node architecture for agile wireless sensor networks for real-time structural health monitoring applications

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    Wang, Zi; Pakzad, Shamim; Cheng, Liang

    2012-04-01

    In recent years, wireless sensor network (WSN), as a powerful tool, has been widely applied to structural health monitoring (SHM) due to its low cost of deployment. Several commercial hardware platforms of wireless sensor networks (WSN) have been developed and used for structural monitoring applications [1,2]. A typical design of a node includes a sensor board and a mote connected to it. Sensing units, analog filters and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) are integrated on the sensor board and the mote consists of a microcontroller and a wireless transceiver. Generally, there are a set of sensor boards compatible with the same model of mote and the selection of the sensor board depends on the specific applications. A WSN system based on this node lacks the capability of interrupting its scheduled task to start a higher priority task. This shortcoming is rooted in the hardware architecture of the node. The proposed sandwich-node architecture is designed to remedy the shortcomings of the existing one for task preemption. A sandwich node is composed of a sensor board and two motes. The first mote is dedicated to managing the sensor board and processing acquired data. The second mote controls the first mote via commands. A prototype has been implemented using Imote2 and verified by an emulation in which one mote is triggered by a remote base station and then preempts the running task at the other mote for handling an emergency event.

  13. Rotational Conformers of Group VI Metal (Cr, Mo, and w) Bis(mesitylene) Sandwich Complexes

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    Kumari, Sudesh; Yang, Dong-Sheng

    2010-06-01

    Group VI metal bis(mesitylene) sandwich complexes were produced by interactions between laser-vaporized metal atoms and mesitylene vapor in pulsed molecular beams, identified by photoionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, and studied by pulsed-field-ionization zero-electron-kinetic-energy spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Although transition metal bis(arene) sandwiches may adopt eclipsed and staggered conformations, the group VI metal bis(mesitylene) complexes were determined to be in the eclipsed form. In this configuration, two rotational conformers, with methyl group dihedral angles of 0° and 60°, were identified for each complex. The adiabatic ionization energies of the 0° and 60° rotamers were measured to be 40557/40359, 42138/41697, and 41452/41000 cm-1 for the Cr, Mo, and W complexes, with the uncertainty of ˜{5 cm-1}. The ground electronic states of the 0°(D3h)/60° (D3d) rotamers are 1A'1/ 1A1g in the neutral form and ^2A'1/2A1g in the ionized form.

  14. Dynamic Response and Optimal Design of Curved Metallic Sandwich Panels under Blast Loading

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    Yang, Shu; Han, Shou-Hong; Lu, Zhen-Hua

    2014-01-01

    It is important to understand the effect of curvature on the blast response of curved structures so as to seek the optimal configurations of such structures with improved blast resistance. In this study, the dynamic response and protective performance of a type of curved metallic sandwich panel subjected to air blast loading were examined using LS-DYNA. The numerical methods were validated using experimental data in the literature. The curved panel consisted of an aluminum alloy outer face and a rolled homogeneous armour (RHA) steel inner face in addition to a closed-cell aluminum foam core. The results showed that the configuration of a “soft” outer face and a “hard” inner face worked well for the curved sandwich panel against air blast loading in terms of maximum deflection (MaxD) and energy absorption. The panel curvature was found to have a monotonic effect on the specific energy absorption (SEA) and a nonmonotonic effect on the MaxD of the panel. Based on artificial neural network (ANN) metamodels, multiobjective optimization designs of the panel were carried out. The optimization results revealed the trade-off relationships between the blast-resistant and the lightweight objectives and showed the great use of Pareto front in such design circumstances. PMID:25126606

  15. Semi-active control of a sandwich beam partially filled with magnetorheological elastomer

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    Dyniewicz, Bartłomiej; Bajkowski, Jacek M.; Bajer, Czesław I.

    2015-08-01

    The paper deals with the semi-active control of vibrations of structural elements. Elastomer composites with ferromagnetic particles that act as magnetorheological fluids are used. The damping coefficient and the shear modulus of the elastomer increases when it is exposed to an electro-magnetic field. The control of this process in time allows us to reduce vibrations more effectively than if the elastomer is permanently exposed to a magnetic field. First the analytical solution for the vibrations of a sandwich beam filled with an elastomer is given. Then the control problem is defined and applied to the analytical formula. The numerical solution of the minimization problem results in a periodic, perfectly rectangular control function if free vibrations are considered. Such a temporarily acting magnetic field is more efficient than a constantly acting one. The surplus reaches 20-50% or more, depending on the filling ratio of the elastomer. The resulting control was verified experimentally in the vibrations of a cantilever sandwich beam. The proposed semi-active control can be directly applied to engineering vibrating structural elements, for example helicopter rotors, aircraft wings, pads under machines, and vehicles.

  16. An All-Metal Aromatic Sandwich Complex [Sb3Au3Sb3](3-).

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    Pan, Fu-Xing; Li, Lei-Jiao; Wang, Ying-Jin; Guo, Jin-Chang; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Xu, Li; Sun, Zhong-Ming

    2015-09-01

    A sandwich complex, as exemplified by ferrocene in the 1950s, usually refers to one metal center bound by two arene ligands. The subject has subsequently been extended to carbon-free aromatic ligands and multiple-metal-atom "monolayered" center, but not to an all-metal species. Here, we describe the synthesis of an unprecedented all-metal aromatic sandwich complex, [Sb3Au3Sb3](3-), which was isolated as K([2.2.2]crypt)(+) salt and identified by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Quantum chemical calculations indicate that intramolecular electron transfers for the three metallic layers (Sb ? Au donation and Sb ? Au back-donation) markedly redistribute the valence electrons from the cyclo-Sb3 ligands and Au3 interlayer to the Au-Sb bonds, which hold the complex together via ? bonding. Each cyclo-Sb3 possesses aromaticity with delocalized three-center three-electron (3c-3e) ? bonds, which are essentially equivalent to a 3c-4e ??* triplet system, following the reversed 4n Hckel rule for aromaticity in a triplet state. PMID:26275027

  17. Debonding Stress Concentrations in a Pressurized Lobed Sandwich-Walled Generic Cryogenic Tank

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    Ko, William L.

    2004-01-01

    A finite-element stress analysis has been conducted on a lobed composite sandwich tank subjected to internal pressure and cryogenic cooling. The lobed geometry consists of two obtuse circular walls joined together with a common flat wall. Under internal pressure and cryogenic cooling, this type of lobed tank wall will experience open-mode (a process in which the honeycomb is stretched in the depth direction) and shear stress concentrations at the junctures where curved wall changes into flat wall (known as a curve-flat juncture). Open-mode and shear stress concentrations occur in the honeycomb core at the curve-flat junctures and could cause debonding failure. The levels of contributions from internal pressure and temperature loading to the open-mode and shear debonding failure are compared. The lobed fuel tank with honeycomb sandwich walls has been found to be a structurally unsound geometry because of very low debonding failure strengths. The debonding failure problem could be eliminated if the honeycomb core at the curve-flat juncture is replaced with a solid core.

  18. Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) as Sandwich Coating Cushion for Silicon Anode in Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Han, Yuzhen; Qi, Pengfei; Zhou, Junwen; Feng, Xiao; Li, Siwu; Fu, Xiaotao; Zhao, Jingshu; Yu, Danni; Wang, Bo

    2015-12-01

    A novel metal-organic framework (MOF) sandwich coating method (denoted as MOF-SC) is developed for hybrid Li ion battery electrode preparation, in which the MOF films are casted on the surface of a silicon layer and sandwiched between the active silicon and the separator. The obtained electrodes show improved cycling performance. The areal capacity of the cheap and readily available microsized Si treated with MOF-SC can reach 1700 ?Ah cm(-2) at 265 ?A cm(-2) and maintain at 850 ?Ah cm(-2) after 50 cycles. Beyond the above, the commercial nanosized Si treated by MOF-SC also shows greatly enhanced areal capacity and outstanding cycle stability, 600 ?Ah cm(-2) for 100 cycles without any apparent fading. By virtue of the novel structure prepared by the MOFs, this new MOF-SC structure serves as an efficient protection cushion for the drastic volume change of silicon during charge/discharge cycles. Furthermore, this MOF layer, with large pore volume and high surface area, can adsorb electrolyte and allow faster diffusion of Li(+) as evidenced by decreased impedance and improved rate performance. PMID:26569374

  19. Sandwich beam model for free vibration analysis of bilayer graphene nanoribbons with interlayer shear effect

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    Nazemnezhad, Reza E-mail: rnazemnezhad@du.ac.ir; Shokrollahi, Hassan; Hosseini-Hashemi, Shahrokh

    2014-05-07

    In this study, sandwich beam model (SM) is proposed for free vibration analysis of bilayer graphene nanoribbons (BLGNRs) with interlayer shear effect. This model also takes into account the intralayer (in-plane) stretch of graphene nanoribbons. The molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using the software LAMMPS and Adaptive Intermolecular Reactive Empirical Bond Order (AIREBO) potential are done to validate the accuracy of the sandwich model results. The MD simulation results include the two first frequencies of cantilever BLGNRs with different lengths and two interlayer shear moduli, i.e., 0.25 and 4.6 GPa. These two interlayer shear moduli, 0.25 and 4.6 GPa, can be obtained by sliding a small flake of graphene on a large graphene substrate when the parameter of E-LJ term in AIREBO potential, epsilon-CC, is set to be 2.84 and 45.44 meV, respectively. The SM results for a wide range of bending rigidity values show that the proposed model, i.e., the SM, predicts much better than the previous beam model in which the intralayer stretch is ignored. In addition, it is observed that the model can properly predict the natural frequencies of BLGNRs for various values of the bending rigidity and the interlayer shear modulus.

  20. High-quality sandwiched black phosphorus heterostructure and its quantum oscillations

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    Chen, Xiaolong; Wu, Yingying; Wu, Zefei; Han, Yu; Xu, Shuigang; Wang, Lin; Ye, Weiguang; Han, Tianyi; He, Yuheng; Cai, Yuan; Wang, Ning

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted great attention because of their rich physics and potential applications in next-generation nanoelectronic devices. The family of two-dimensional materials was recently joined by atomically thin black phosphorus which possesses high theoretical mobility and tunable bandgap structure. However, degradation of properties under atmospheric conditions and high-density charge traps in black phosphorus have largely limited its actual mobility thus hindering its future applications. Here, we report the fabrication of stable sandwiched heterostructures by encapsulating atomically thin black phosphorus between hexagonal boron nitride layers to realize ultra-clean interfaces that allow a high field-effect mobility of ?1,350?cm2V?1?s?1 at room temperature and onoff ratios exceeding 105. At low temperatures, the mobility even reaches ?2,700?cm2V?1?s?1 and quantum oscillations in black phosphorus two-dimensional hole gas are observed at low magnetic fields. Importantly, the sandwiched heterostructures ensure that the quality of black phosphorus remains high under ambient conditions. PMID:26099721

  1. Negligible environmental sensitivity of graphene in a hexagonal boron nitride/graphene/h-BN sandwich structure.

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    Wang, Lei; Chen, Zheyuan; Dean, Cory R; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Brus, Louis E; Hone, James

    2012-10-23

    Using Raman spectroscopy, we study the environmental sensitivity of mechanically exfoliated and electrically floating single-layer graphene transferred onto a hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) substrate, in comparison with graphene deposited on a SiO(2) substrate. In order to understand and isolate the substrate effect on graphene electrical properties, we model and correct for Raman optical interference in the substrates. As-deposited and unannealed graphene shows a large I(2D)/I(G) ratio on both substrates, indicating extremely high quality, close to that of graphene suspended in vacuum. Thermal annealing strongly activates subsequent environmental sensitivity on the SiO(2) substrate; such activation is reduced but not eliminated on the h-BN substrate. In contrast, in a h-BN/graphene/h-BN sandwich structure, with graphene protected on both sides, graphene remains pristine despite thermal processing. Raman data provide a deeper understanding of the previously observed improved graphene electrical conductivity on h-BN substrates. In the sandwich structure, the graphene 2D Raman feature has a higher frequency and narrower line width than in pristine suspended graphene, implying that the local h-BN environment modestly yet measurably changes graphene electron and phonon dispersions. PMID:23009029

  2. Elevated Temperature, Residual Compressive Strength of Impact-Damaged Sandwich Structure Manufactured Out-of-Autoclave

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    Grimsley, Brian W.; Sutter, James K.; Burke, Eric R.; Dixon, Genevieve D.; Gyekenyesi, Thomas G.; Smeltzer, Stanley S.

    2012-01-01

    Several 1/16th-scale curved sandwich composite panel sections of a 10 m diameter barrel were fabricated to demonstrate the manufacturability of large-scale curved sections using minimum gauge, [+60/-60/0]s, toughened epoxy composite facesheets co-cured with low density (50 kilograms per cubic meters) aluminum honeycomb core. One of these panels was fabricated out of autoclave (OoA) by the vacuum bag oven (VBO) process using Cycom(Registered Trademark) T40-800b/5320-1 prepreg system while another panel with the same lay-up and dimensions was fabricated using the autoclave-cure, toughened epoxy prepreg system Cycom(Registered Trademark) IM7/977-3. The resulting 2.44 m x 2 m curved panels were investigated by non-destructive evaluation (NDE) at NASA Langley Research Center (NASA LaRC) to determine initial fabrication quality and then cut into smaller coupons for elevated temperature wet (ETW) mechanical property characterization. Mechanical property characterization of the sandwich coupons was conducted including edge-wise compression (EWC), and compression-after-impact (CAI) at conditions ranging from 25 C/dry to 150 C/wet. The details and results of this characterization effort are presented in this paper.

  3. Minimum-mass design of sandwich aerobrakes for a lunar transfer vehicle

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    Shivakumar, K. N.; Riddick, J. C.

    1995-01-01

    A structural mass optimization study of a sandwich aerobrake for a lunar transfer vehicle (LTV) was conducted. The proposed spherical aerobrake had a base diameter of 15.2 m and radius of 13.6 m. A hot thermal protection system (TPS) and cold structure were used in the design. Honeycomb sandwich aerobrake structures made up of four different materials - aluminum alloy, titanium alloy, graphite-epoxy, and graphite-polyimide - were considered. Cases of aerodynamic load, equivalent uniform pressure, and aerodynamic plus thermal load were analyzed. Both linear stress and buckling analyses were conducted for a range of skin and core thicknesses. A graphical optimization procedure was used to determine the skin and core thicknesses of a minimum-mass aerobrake. The design criteria used were material strength, global buckling, and TPS tile deformation. Among them, the TPS deformation criterion was the most critical. The graphite-epoxy aerobrake was the lightest among the four materials studied. Its total mass is about 12.3% of the LTV mass, for supports at 75% span. Equivalent uniform loading produced smaller deformations, stresses, and buckling loads than did the more realistic aerodynamic loading for the same aerobrake configuration. Thermally induced stresses countered the aerodynamically induced stresses and hence had a beneficial effect on the deformation and buckling of the aerobrake.

  4. Three different signal amplification strategies for the impedimetric sandwich detection of thrombin.

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    Ocaña, Cristina; Del Valle, Manel

    2016-03-17

    In this work, we report a comparative study on three highly specific amplification strategies for the ultrasensitive detection of thrombin with the use of aptamer sandwich protocol. The protocol consisted on the use of a first thrombin aptamer immobilized on the electrode surface, the recognition of thrombin protein, and the reaction with a second biotinylated thrombin aptamer forming the sandwich. Through the exposed biotin end, three variants have been tested to amplify the electrochemical impedance signal. The strategies included (a) silver enhancement treatment, (b) gold enhancement treatment and (c) insoluble product produced by the combination of the enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and 3-amino-9-ethylcarbazole (AEC). The properties of the sensing surface were probed by electrochemical impedance measurements in the presence of the ferrocyanide/ferricyanide redox marker. Insoluble product strategy and silver enhancement treatment resulted in the lowest detection limit (0.3 pM), while gold enhancement method resulted in the highest reproducibility, 8.8% RSD at the pM thrombin concentration levels. Results of silver and gold enhancement treatment also permitted direct inspection by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). PMID:26920780

  5. High-quality sandwiched black phosphorus heterostructure and its quantum oscillations

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    Chen, Xiaolong; Wu, Yingying; Wu, Zefei; Han, Yu; Xu, Shuigang; Wang, Lin; Ye, Weiguang; Han, Tianyi; He, Yuheng; Cai, Yuan; Wang, Ning

    2015-06-01

    Two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted great attention because of their rich physics and potential applications in next-generation nanoelectronic devices. The family of two-dimensional materials was recently joined by atomically thin black phosphorus which possesses high theoretical mobility and tunable bandgap structure. However, degradation of properties under atmospheric conditions and high-density charge traps in black phosphorus have largely limited its actual mobility thus hindering its future applications. Here, we report the fabrication of stable sandwiched heterostructures by encapsulating atomically thin black phosphorus between hexagonal boron nitride layers to realize ultra-clean interfaces that allow a high field-effect mobility of ~1,350 cm2V-1 s-1 at room temperature and on-off ratios exceeding 105. At low temperatures, the mobility even reaches ~2,700 cm2V-1 s-1 and quantum oscillations in black phosphorus two-dimensional hole gas are observed at low magnetic fields. Importantly, the sandwiched heterostructures ensure that the quality of black phosphorus remains high under ambient conditions.

  6. Design of Cellular Composite Sandwich Panels for Maximum Blast Resistance Via Energy Absorption

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    McConnell, Jennifer Righman; Su, Hong

    2015-10-01

    This paper presents a design methodology for optimizing the energy absorption under blast loads of cellular composite sandwich panels. A combination of dynamic finite element analysis (FEA) and simplified analytical modeling techniques are used. The analytical modeling calculates both the loading effects and structural response resulting from user-input charge sizes and standoff distances and offers the advantage of expediting iterative design processes. The FEA and the analytical model results are compared and contrasted then used to compare the energy response of various cellular composite sandwich panels under blast loads, where various core shapes and dimensions are the focus. As a result, it is concluded that the optimum shape consists of vertically-oriented webs while the optimum dimensions can be generally described as those which cause the most inelasticity without failure of the webs. These dimensions are also specifically quantified for select situations. This guidance is employed, along with the analytical method developed by the authors and considerations of the influences of material properties, to suggest a general design procedure that is a simple yet sufficiently accurate method for design. The suggested design approach is also demonstrated through a design example.

  7. Characterization of dermal plates from armored catfish Pterygoplichthys pardalis reveals sandwich-like nanocomposite structure.

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    Ebenstein, Donna; Calderon, Carlos; Troncoso, Omar P; Torres, Fernando G

    2015-05-01

    Dermal plates from armored catfish are bony structures that cover their body. In this paper we characterized structural, chemical, and nanomechanical properties of the dermal plates from the Amazonian fish Pterygoplichthys pardalis. Analysis of the morphology of the plates using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the dermal plates have a sandwich-like structure composed of an inner porous matrix surrounded by two external dense layers. This is different from the plywood-like laminated structure of elasmoid fish scales but similar to the structure of osteoderms found in the dermal armour of some reptiles and mammals. Chemical analysis performed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed similarities between the composition of P. pardalis plates and the elasmoid fish scales of Arapaima gigas. Reduced moduli of P. pardalis plates measured using nanoindentation were also consistent with reported values for A. gigas scales, but further revealed that the dermal plate is an anisotropic and heterogeneous material, similar to many other fish scales and osteoderms. It is postulated that the sandwich-like structure of the dermal plates provides a lightweight and tough protective layer. PMID:25732181

  8. Biliary efflux transporters involved in the clearance of rosuvastatin in sandwich culture of primary rat hepatocytes.

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    Jemnitz, Katalin; Veres, Zsuzsa; Tugyi, Regina; Vereczkey, Laszlo

    2010-03-01

    Rosuvastatin (a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitor) has been shown to be excreted mostly unchanged into the bile; interactions on the level of hepatic apical efflux transporters may represent a risk of liver toxicity. So far, controversial and insufficient data are available concerning transporters involved in the elimination process. This study was designed to elucidate, which transporters take part in the biliary clearance of rosuvastatin using sandwich-cultured primary rat hepatocytes. The canalicular efflux of rosuvastatin was measured in the presence of inhibitors: Ko 134, mitoxanthrone, novobiocin for breast cancer resistance protein (Bcrp); verapamil for multidrug resistance protein (Mdr1); benzbromarone, sulfasalazine, probenecid for multidrug resistance associated protein (Mrp 2); and cyclosporine A, glibenclamide, troglitazone for bile salt export pump (Bsep). Mrp2 inhibitors decreased the biliary efflux of rosuvastatin most potently by 78.9%, 35%, 54.1%; benzbromarone, probenecid, sulfasalazine, respectively, while Bcrp and Bsep inhibitors showed much less effect (29.1%, 23.0% ,30.0%; Ko 134, mitoxanthrone, novobiocin, respectively, and 32.6%, 29.3%, 20.6%, glibenclamide, cyclosporine A, troglitazone, respectively). The marked decline of canalicular transport by Mrp2 inhibitors suggests major role of Mrp2 in this process; however, Bcrp and Bsep might also contribute to the biliary elimination of rosuvatatin in sandwich-cultured rat hepatocytes. PMID:19853032

  9. Dynamic response and optimal design of curved metallic sandwich panels under blast loading.

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    Qi, Chang; Yang, Shu; Yang, Li-Jun; Han, Shou-Hong; Lu, Zhen-Hua

    2014-01-01

    It is important to understand the effect of curvature on the blast response of curved structures so as to seek the optimal configurations of such structures with improved blast resistance. In this study, the dynamic response and protective performance of a type of curved metallic sandwich panel subjected to air blast loading were examined using LS-DYNA. The numerical methods were validated using experimental data in the literature. The curved panel consisted of an aluminum alloy outer face and a rolled homogeneous armour (RHA) steel inner face in addition to a closed-cell aluminum foam core. The results showed that the configuration of a "soft" outer face and a "hard" inner face worked well for the curved sandwich panel against air blast loading in terms of maximum deflection (MaxD) and energy absorption. The panel curvature was found to have a monotonic effect on the specific energy absorption (SEA) and a nonmonotonic effect on the MaxD of the panel. Based on artificial neural network (ANN) metamodels, multiobjective optimization designs of the panel were carried out. The optimization results revealed the trade-off relationships between the blast-resistant and the lightweight objectives and showed the great use of Pareto front in such design circumstances. PMID:25126606

  10. Sensitive, simultaneous quantitation of two unlabeled DNA targets using a magnetic nanoparticle-enzyme sandwich assay.

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    Zhang, Yue; Pilapong, Chalermchai; Guo, Yuan; Ling, Zhenlian; Cespedes, Oscar; Quirke, Philip; Zhou, Dejian

    2013-10-01

    We report herein the development of a simple, sensitive colorimetric magnetic nanoparticle (MNP)-enzyme-based DNA sandwich assay that is suitable for simultaneous, label-free quantitation of two DNA targets down to 50 fM level. It can also effectively discriminate single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes associated with human cancers (KRAS codon 12/13 SNPs). This assay uses a pair of specific DNA probes, one being covalently conjugated to an MNP for target capture and the other being linked to an enzyme for signal amplification, to sandwich a DNA target, allowing for convenient magnetic separation and subsequent efficient enzymatic signal amplification for high sensitivity. Careful optimization of the MNP surfaces and assay conditions greatly reduced the background, allowing for sensitive, specific detection of as little as 5 amol (50 fM in 100 ?L) of target DNA. Moreover, this sensor is robust, it can effectively discriminate cancer-specific SNPs against the wild-type noncancer target, and it works efficiently in 10% human serum. Furthermore, this sensor can simultaneously quantitate two different DNA targets by using two pairs of unique capture- and signal-DNA probes specific for each target. This general, simple, and sensitive DNA sensor appears to be well-suited for a wide range of genetics-based biosensing and diagnostic applications. PMID:23971744

  11. Interfacial Microstructure Evolution and Shear Strength of Titanium Sandwich Structures Fabricated by Brazing

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    Wang, Wentao; Fan, Minyu; Li, Jinlong; Tao, Jie

    2016-01-01

    The corrugated sandwich structure, consisting of a CP Ti (commercially pure titanium) core between two Ti-6Al-4V face sheets, was brazed using pasty Ti-37.5Zr-15Cu-10Ni as filler alloy, at the temperature of 870°C for 5, 10, 20, and 30 min. The effect of brazing time on the microstructure and elemental distribution of the brazed joints was examined by means of SEM, EDS, and XRD analyses. It was found that various intermetallic phases were formed in the brazed joints, following a brazing time of 5 min, and their contents were decreased by the increment of brazing time, while prolonged brazing time resulted in a fine, acicular Widmanstätten microstructure throughout the entire joint. In addition, shear testing was performed in the brazed corrugated specimens in order to indirectly assess the quality of the joints. The debonding between CP Ti and Ti-6Al-4V was observed in the specimen brazed for 5 min and the fracture of the CP Ti corrugated core occurred after 30 min of brazing time. Additionally, when brazed for 10 min or 20 min, brittle intermetallic compounds in the joints and the grain growth of the base metal were controllable. Therefore, the sandwich structures failed without debonding in the joints or fracture within the base metal, demonstrating a good combination of strength and ductility.

  12. Shape and Stress Sensing of Multilayered Composite and Sandwich Structures Using an Inverse Finite Element Method

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    Cerracchio, Priscilla; Gherlone, Marco; Di Sciuva, Marco; Tessler, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    The marked increase in the use of composite and sandwich material systems in aerospace, civil, and marine structures leads to the need for integrated Structural Health Management systems. A key capability to enable such systems is the real-time reconstruction of structural deformations, stresses, and failure criteria that are inferred from in-situ, discrete-location strain measurements. This technology is commonly referred to as shape- and stress-sensing. Presented herein is a computationally efficient shape- and stress-sensing methodology that is ideally suited for applications to laminated composite and sandwich structures. The new approach employs the inverse Finite Element Method (iFEM) as a general framework and the Refined Zigzag Theory (RZT) as the underlying plate theory. A three-node inverse plate finite element is formulated. The element formulation enables robust and efficient modeling of plate structures instrumented with strain sensors that have arbitrary positions. The methodology leads to a set of linear algebraic equations that are solved efficiently for the unknown nodal displacements. These displacements are then used at the finite element level to compute full-field strains, stresses, and failure criteria that are in turn used to assess structural integrity. Numerical results for multilayered, highly heterogeneous laminates demonstrate the unique capability of this new formulation for shape- and stress-sensing.

  13. High-quality sandwiched black phosphorus heterostructure and its quantum oscillations.

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    Chen, Xiaolong; Wu, Yingying; Wu, Zefei; Han, Yu; Xu, Shuigang; Wang, Lin; Ye, Weiguang; Han, Tianyi; He, Yuheng; Cai, Yuan; Wang, Ning

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted great attention because of their rich physics and potential applications in next-generation nanoelectronic devices. The family of two-dimensional materials was recently joined by atomically thin black phosphorus which possesses high theoretical mobility and tunable bandgap structure. However, degradation of properties under atmospheric conditions and high-density charge traps in black phosphorus have largely limited its actual mobility thus hindering its future applications. Here, we report the fabrication of stable sandwiched heterostructures by encapsulating atomically thin black phosphorus between hexagonal boron nitride layers to realize ultra-clean interfaces that allow a high field-effect mobility of ∼1,350 cm(2)V(-1) s(-1) at room temperature and on-off ratios exceeding 10(5). At low temperatures, the mobility even reaches ∼2,700 cm(2)V(-1) s(-1) and quantum oscillations in black phosphorus two-dimensional hole gas are observed at low magnetic fields. Importantly, the sandwiched heterostructures ensure that the quality of black phosphorus remains high under ambient conditions. PMID:26099721

  14. Sandwiches are major contributors of sodium in the diets of American adults: Results from What We Eat in America, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2010

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    Efforts to sharpen the focus of sodium reduction strategies include identification of major food group contributors of sodium intake. Although sandwiches are a staple of the American diet, examinations of their contribution to sodium intake have been limited to “single-code” sandwiches. One day of...

  15. Benthic infaunal communities across the Weddell Sea Basin and South Sandwich Slope, Antarctica

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    Blake, James A.; Narayanaswamy, Bhavani E.

    2004-07-01

    The present study represents the first quantitative investigation of deep-sea benthic infauna in Antarctica. Box cores and multicores were used to collect sediment from 12 stations across the slope and abyssal basin of the Weddell Sea and the slope off the South Sandwich Islands, including sites in the South Sandwich Trench (6300 m). The multicore was a more efficient sampler than the box core. Nine phyla of invertebrates were found, dominated by annelids (67%), crustaceans (20%); other phyla (13%). A total of 117 taxa were identified to the species level: 72 were polychaetes; 45 were crustaceans. Many taxa are new to science. Highest densities were at the 1000 m depth on the western slope of the Weddell Sea (260 individuals per 0.1 m -2) and at ca. 2200 m on the South Sandwich Slope (132 individuals per 0.1 m -2); lowest densities were in the central Weddell Sea Basin (39 individuals per 0.1 m -2). Species richness and rarefaction analysis suggest that the fauna is undersampled. The 117 species identified in this study were represented by only 237 specimens, indicating that species were being added at a rate of one species for every two specimens collected. Rarefaction curves do not begin to reach an asymptote supporting high estimates of diversity. Some species appear to be limited to distinct zones in upper and middle slope depths, other species extend from the slope to the abyssal basin, and at least two species appear to be restricted to the abyssal basin. In general, the densities of infauna on the slopes surrounding the Weddell Sea Basin have lower densities than well-studied areas off North America. However, abyssal populations in Antarctica appear to have denser infaunal populations than those from off New England and the North Pacific Gyre. Productive surface waters of the Weddell Sea and subsequent sinking of phytoplankton to the seabed are probable reasons for the higher benthic productivity in Antarctic abyssal sediments. Similarity analyses were not informative because so few species were collected. Two stations in the Weddell Abyssal Basin were the only ones to exhibit a high level of similarity due to two shared polychaetes. Data on reproductive status of some polychaetes suggest that species limited to abyssal depths are reproducing there. Other species with broader depth ranges may be receiving recruits from slope depths. The results suggest that the deep-water infauna in Antarctica is largely endemic, but has some components that occur along other continental margins and adjacent abyssal basins.

  16. Meiofauna towards the South Sandwich Trench (750 6300 m), focus on nematodes

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    Vanhove, Sandra; Vermeeren, Hannelore; Vanreusel, Ann

    2004-07-01

    Meiobenthos (excluding foraminifers) from the South Sandwich Trench was studied in sediment samples collected by multiple core (MUC) or multiple grab (MG). Sampling stations were chosen along a depth transect that covered the continental slope and abyssal plain towards the trench (water depths from 747 to 6319 m). Total abundance and biomass of meiobenthos ranged between 354 and 1675 ind. 10 cm -2, and between 16.3 and 80.8 ?g C 10 cm -2, respectively. Standing stock decreased, though not linearly, with increasing water depth. Biomasses and densities were situated above the world ocean's regression line of meiobenthic stocks against water depth, and higher on the trench floor (354-930 ind 10 cm -2, 18.7 ?g C 10 cm -2 at 6300 m) compared to most other oceans' trench regions. This observation confirms earlier results from the Antarctic continental margins that Antarctic meiofauna is characterised by dense populations in which nematodes predominate over the other taxonomic groups (87-98% of total abundance). Taxonomic investigations at genus level revealed that Chromadoridae, Monhysteridae, Desmodoridae, Desmoscolecidae, Xyalidae and Cyatholaimidae were dominant. Most of the nematode genera (in total 94) occurred in all depths, with only a slight distinction between the "shallow" ( Daptonema, Dichromadora and Molgolaimus preferentially at 750-2300 m) and "deep" (with Tricoma preferentially from 3000 m on). The "shallow"communities were comparable to those from the Weddell Sea continental margin; the sediments at 2300-6300 m harboured in big lines similar compositions as abyssal and trench communities worldwide. Two main morph clusters were distinguished among the South Sandwich Trench nematodes: plump nematodes, with average L:W=9, belonging to the taxonomic similar selective deposit-feeding genera of the Desmoscolecida, and comparable slender nematodes ( L:W=26; biomass size class -4 to -2) such as Monhystera, Acantholaimus, Daptonema, Dichromadora, Molgolaimus, Microlaimus and some species from Paracanthonchus, mixed among mainly selective and epistratum feeding modes. They formed the bulk of the trench community. The results did not fit well with the general decrease in standing stock with increasing water depth and distance from the continental shelf. Similarly, nematode size (length from 124 to 2991 ?m, biomass from 0.023 to 0.042 ?g dwt) did not show clear bathymetric trends. The lack of the usual deep-sea trends of structural characteristics of meiofauna in general (density, total biomass, taxon composition) and functional attributes of nematodes (morphometrics, biomass, trophic guild structure, and maturity index) is explained by the particularly complexity of the sedimentary environment of the South Sandwich Trench, which was the result of physical processes (turbidites), bioturbation activity by invertebrate taxa and food supply along the depth transect.

  17. A sandwich-designed temperature-gradient incubator for studies of microbial temperature responses.

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    Elsgaard, Lars; Jrgensen, Leif Wagner

    2002-03-01

    A temperature-gradient incubator (TGI) is described, which produces a thermal gradient over 34 aluminium modules (15x30x5 cm) intersected by 2-mm layers of partly insulating graphite foil (SigraFlex Universal). The new, sandwich-designed TGI has 30 rows of six replicate sample wells for incubation of 28-ml test tubes. An electric plate heats one end of the TGI, and the other end is cooled by thermoelectric Peltier elements in combination with a liquid cooling system. The TGI is equipped with 24 calibrated Pt-100 temperature sensors and insulated by polyurethane plates. A PC-operated SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) software (Genesis 4.20) is applied for temperature control using three advanced control loops. The precision of the TGI temperature measurements was better than +/-0.12 degrees C, and for a 0-40 degrees C gradient, the temperature at the six replicate sample wells varied less than +/-0.04 degrees C. Temperatures measured in incubated water samples closely matched the TGI temperatures, which showed a linear relationship to the sample row number. During operation for 8 days with a gradient of 0-40 degrees C, the temperature at the cold end was stable within +/-0.02 degrees C, while the temperatures at the middle and the warm end were stable within +/-0.08 degrees C (n=2370). Using the new TGI, it was shown that the fine-scale (1 degrees C) temperature dependence of S(o) oxidation rates in agricultural soil (0-29 degrees C) could be described by the Arrhenius relationship. The apparent activation energy (E(a)) for S(o) oxidation was 79 kJ mol(-1), which corresponded to a temperature coefficient (Q(10)) of 3.1. These data demonstrated that oxidation of S(o) in soil is strongly temperature-dependent. In conclusion, the new TGI allowed a detailed study of microbial temperature responses as it produced a precise, stable, and certifiable temperature gradient by the new and combined use of sandwich-design, thermoelectric cooling, and advanced control loops. The sandwich-design alone reduced the disadvantageous thermal gradient over individual sample wells by 56%. PMID:11777580

  18. A software system for gene sequence database construction.

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    Liu, Z; Borneman, J; Jiang, T

    2004-01-01

    We propose a Web-based software system for sequence database construction. An example application of this system is to construct a ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) sequence database to facilitate the study of microbial communities. A fast and accurate approximate string-matching algorithm is implemented to fetch rDNA sequences sandwiched by two given primers from GenBank. A homology search algorithm based on Basic-Local-Alignment-Search-Tool (BLAST) is then used to extract rDNA sequences that do not contain the primers. This two-step process leads to an rDNA sequence database for a specific taxonomic group. We consider the distance between two given primers, mismatches and degeneracy when performing string matching. In the homology search, a chaining algorithm is combined with BLAST to obtain global alignments based on local alignments. This system can be used in many biological applications. PMID:17270858

  19. Constructing Aligned Assessments Using Automated Test Construction

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    Porter, Andrew; Polikoff, Morgan S.; Barghaus, Katherine M.; Yang, Rui

    2013-01-01

    We describe an innovative automated test construction algorithm for building aligned achievement tests. By incorporating the algorithm into the test construction process, along with other test construction procedures for building reliable and unbiased assessments, the result is much more valid tests than result from current test construction…

  20. The Role of Sandwich In-Service Program in Developing Agricultural Science Teachers in Delta State, Nigeria

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    Ikeoji, Canice N.; Agwubike, Christian C.; Ideh, Victor

    2007-01-01

    This study examined the role of the sandwich in-service educational program of Delta State University, Abraka in developing agricultural science teachers in the state. Data were collected from 895 agricultural science teachers who completed the program between 1989-2004. However, response to the questionnaire was by 391 in-service agricultural…