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Foamed Sandwiches Obtained by Filling of Dimensional Fiberglass Fabric Panels

A non-conventional sandwich, made by a fabric panel core filled by a syntactic foam, and by resin impregnated fiberglass fabric skins, is studied in the elastic range, with the aim of giving guidelines to its minimum weight design. Standard homogenization techniques are employed to compute the elastic of the skins, whereas a specifically developed homogenization method has been used to obtain the elastic of the core. A simple but accurate relationship for computing the shear stiffness of the sandwich was used in conjunction with the well-known formulae for the bending stiffness. Comparisons with both experiments and numerical predictions show good accuracy of both the proposed homogenization methods and the overall stiffness evaluation procedure.