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Scale effects before testing

Scale effects before testing

Scale effects before testing

(OP)
Hi !
I'm just about to design some smaller specimens in order to validate my calculations on a bigger Fiber Reinforced Polymers(FRP) Sabdwich bridge deck. My materials are Glass Fiber as faces and Balsa as core. My question: Where do I get additional information about how to design a smaller deck while taking into account the stress states in the real bigger construction ? I know the dimensions and stress state of the real construction.
Thanks
Patrice

RE: Scale effects before testing

This is difficult to do with a high comfort level of accuracy.  Composites often combine materials that exhibit non-linear behavior or 2nd order effects with more linearly predictable materials.  The result in full scale is usually desirable, but as we reduce the scale (if you are considering a true scaling of all dimensions/parameters)the individual affects become more pronounced.

I would suggest a smaller piece of the structure, but maintain full scale.  Restraint conditions are usually easier to accomodate than scaling issues.

Ron

RE: Scale effects before testing

(OP)
Hi Ron !
Thanks for your suggestion. I'll try the smaller piece of structure with maintained full scale using FEM first.
Patrice

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