International Conference on Advances In Engineering And Technology - ICAET 2014
Author(s) : PADMANABHAN K, RAMYA M, SURESH E, SURYA TEJA VARMA CH
The experimental studies for determining the flexural properties of thermo set rigid polyurethane unfilled foam core – glass/epoxy skin sandwich composites, are presented here. Sandwich composites were fabricated in the shape of panels by using glass fabric/epoxy as the skin material and rigid polyurethane foam (PUF) as the core. PUF materials of 125 & 250 kg/m3 foam densities with 3:1 & 4:1 skin to core weight ratios were fabricated separately using the vacuum bagging technique. The sandwich panels were tested at different span to depth ratios. The flexural properties like the bending strength, flexural rigidity, shear stress, shear deflection and shear strain were evaluated and a detailed analysis made on the influence of foam densities and different span to depth ratios on the fracture behaviour of these sandwich composites in flexure. Due comparisons have been made on the flexural behaviour with other foams also.