This paper presents a modular GFRP sandwich assembly for two-way slab applications. The sandwich assemblies were built-up sections made from pultruded web-core box profiles incorporated between two flat panels, connected via adhesive bonding or novel blind bolts. Two different pultrusion orientations were examined: flat panels with pultrusion directions either parallel (unidirectional orientation) or perpendicular (bidirectional orientation) to the box profiles. The effects of pultrusion orientation, shear connection and the presence of foam core materials on strength and stiffness were investigated by testing two-way slab specimens until failure. Sandwich slabs with unidirectional orientation showed premature cracking of the upper panel between fibres, whereas those with bidirectional orientation showed local out-of-plane buckling of the upper flat panel. The unidirectional slab also showed greater bending stiffness than bidirectional slabs due to the weak in-plane shear stiffness provided by the web-core profiles, which introduced partial composite action between the upper and lower flat panels of the bidirectional slab. Finite element models and analytical techniques were developed to estimate deformation, failure loads and the degree of composite action, and these showed reasonable agreement with the experimental results.
Composite Structures – Elsevier
Published: Jan 15, 2018
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