Local Form of Loss of Stability of Honeycomb Energy Absorber Plates

Authors: Uvarov A.I. Published: 25.06.2021
Published in issue: #2(137)/2021  

DOI: 10.18698/0236-3941-2021-2-4-15

Category: Aviation and Rocket-Space Engineering | Chapter: Aircraft Dynamics, Ballistics, Motion Control  
Keywords: motion energy absorption, honeycomb material, compressed plate stability

Landing devices perform the energy absorption function during the spacecraft motion. Precise analytical solution to the problem of stability of a lengthy plate with free edge exposed to the edge compressive load was obtained in order to analyze operation of the honeycomb materials used in structural elements absorbing the moving bodies energy. General solution analysis of the differential equation for a lengthy plate bending in the deflected position was carried out, and general solution is subjected to the boundary conditions corresponding to the loaded free edge. Critical load value and form of the loss of stability were determined. Critical load identified value was significantly lower than the critical load for a plate supported on the loaded edge. The loss of stability identified form was characterized by sharp deflection localization near the loaded edge and could create conditions for forming a local fold near the loaded edge. Obtained analytical solution was verified by comparing it with results of the similar numerical solution. Comparison performed revealed satisfactory agreement both in the critical load value and in the form of loss of stability for two solutions obtained by different methods. The results obtained could be used in designing energy absorbers made of honeycomb materials, as well as in other areas of technology


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