Modeling of wrinkling in sandwich panels under compression Academic Article uri icon


  • A wrinkling model for sandwich panels in compression is developed with the assumption of a continuous isotropic linear elastic core. Wrinkling stresses for the three modes, defined in a well-known book by H. G. Allen, are expressed by a unified, single expression. The expression depends linearly on a case parameter , defined to specify the three cases of wrinkling: = 0 for single-sided face wrinkling (case 1), = 1 for in-phase wrinkling (case 2), and = - 1 for out-of-phase wrinkling (case 3). It is shown that the stresses in all three cases are almost identical for short wavelength wrinkling and car be expressed by a single simplified analytical expression; however, they may differ significantly in moderate and long wavelength wrinkling, and for these cases they are given by simplified analytical expressions. It is proved that the in-phase wrinkling stress is the lowest among the three cases. Based on the analysis conducted, limitations of the commonly used Winkler and two-parameter models are discussed. Finally, engineering design procedures are recommended for the wrinkling effect in sandwich panels under compression.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Niu, K. M., & Talreja, R.

citation count

  • 65

complete list of authors

  • Niu, KM||Talreja, R

publication date

  • August 1999