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The effect of cell irregularity on the high strain compression of 2D Voronoi honeycombs

Zhu, Hanxing, Thorpe, S. M. and Windle, A. H. 2006. The effect of cell irregularity on the high strain compression of 2D Voronoi honeycombs. International Journal of Solids and Structures 43 (5) , pp. 1061-1078. 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2005.05.008

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Abstract

The in-plane compression of low-density irregular Voronoi honeycombs with periodic boundary conditions has been simulated to engineering strains of 0.6 using finite element analysis. Different degrees of geometric irregularity in the honeycomb cells, as quantified using a regularity parameter, have been employed. The stress–strain predictions reveal that, for a fixed relative density, a more irregular honeycomb has a higher tangential modulus at low strain but supports a lower compressive stress at higher strain (above approximately 0.04) when compared with a more regular honeycomb. A combined ‘springs in parallel’ and ‘springs in series’ model has also been compared quantitatively with the simulation stress–strain results, the relative importance of the ‘springs in series’ mechanism having been found to increase with the irregularity of the honeycomb and, in many cases, with the applied compressive strain. In addition, the dependency of the Poisson’s ratio, the maximum bending strain in the cell walls, and the mean junction rotation upon the applied compressive strain have also been determined for a range of honeycomb irregularities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Voronoi; Honeycomb; High-strain compression; Buckling; Stress–strain
ISSN: 0020-7683
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:43
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/1977

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