Creep of sandwich beams with polymer foam cores

Jong Shin Huang, Lorna Jane Gibson

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Polymer foam-core sandwich panels are increasingly being considered for load-bearing components in buildings In addition to offering a high stiffness per unit weight such panels give excellent thermal insulation and may be easily mass-produced But polymers creep at room temperature limiting their use in structural applications In this paper we model the creep of sandwich beams with linear viscoelastic polymer foam cores A previous study indicated that the creep of a polymer foam can be described knowing the creep response of the solid from which it is made and the relative density of the foam In this study we combine the model for foam creep with the standard analysis of deflection of a sandwich beam to develop an expression for the creep of a sandwich beam with a polymer foam core The results are compared with data from a series of tests on sandwich beams with aluminum faces and rigid polyurethane foam cores The model gives a good description of their behavior at loading times up to 1200 hours and unloading times of an additional 450 hours.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-182
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1990 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials


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