The in-plane elastic modulus, Poisson's ratio, brittle crushing strength and plastic yielding strength of honeycombs with hexagonally packed circular cells are analyzed theoretically. The resulting theoretical expressions are compared with the numerical results obtained from a series of finite element analyses for circular cell honeycombs with various relative densities, leading to a good correlation. It is also found that the in-plane mechanical properties of circular cell honeycombs are significantly affected by the ratio of cell-wall thickness to cell radius. Though the elastic constants along the two principal directions of circular cell honeycombs are the same, the brittle crushing strength and plastic yielding strength along the two principal directions are not identical. Furthermore, the in-plane mechanical properties of circular cell honeycombs are compared to those of regular hexagonal honeycombs with straight and uniform-thickness cell walls to evaluate their microstructural efficiency.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ceramics and Composites