Study on vibration characteristics of sandwich beam with BCC lattice core

Kyohei Kohsaka, Kuniharu Ushijima, Wesley J. Cantwell

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In this study, the vibration characteristics of a sandwich lattice beam have been studied using an analytical approach and finite element(FE) analyses. In the analytical approach, a sixth-order partial differential equation for expressing the motion in terms of the transverse displacement has been solved, which is assumed that the sandwich core is deformed mainly by the shear load. Here, a new theoretical approach for predicting the equivalent shear modulus GC of the lattice core is proposed. The analytical prediction of the natural frequency, accounting for transverse shear, agrees well with the FE results. Also, the vibration response of the first-order natural frequency f1 exhibits a upwardly convex curve as the strut diameter increases, suggesting that there is a maximum value of the frequency f1 for a given facesheet thickness tf. Moreover, it is observed that the maximum frequency of the sandwich lattice beam is always greater than that for a continuum beam, which ensures the effectiveness of the lattice core in enhancing the vibration response. Therefore, vibration suppression in aircraft structures can be achieved by introducing lattice sandwich panels.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114986
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Finite element method
  • Natural frequency
  • Sandwich lattice beam
  • Transverse shear

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