Applied Composite Materials

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 389–408 | Cite as

Optimal Damping Behavior of a Composite Sandwich Beam Reinforced with Coated Fibers

  • S. LurieEmail author
  • Y. Solyaev
  • A. Ustenko


In the present paper, the effective damping properties of a symmetric foam-core sandwich beam with composite face plates reinforced with coated fibers is studied. A glass fiber-epoxy composite with additional rubber-toughened epoxy coatings on the fibers is considered as the material of the face plates. A micromechanical analysis of the effective properties of the unidirectional lamina is conducted based on the generalized self-consistent method and the viscoelastic correspondence principle. The effective complex moduli of composite face plates with a symmetric angle-ply structure are evaluated based on classical lamination theory. A modified Mead-Markus model is utilized to evaluate the fundamental modal loss factor of a simply supported sandwich beam with a polyurethane core. The viscoelastic frequency-dependent behaviors of the core and face plate materials are both considered. The properties of the face plates are evaluated based on a micromechanical analysis and found to implicitly depend on frequency; thus, an iterative procedure is applied to find the natural frequencies of the lateral vibrations of the beam. The optimal values of the coating thickness, lamination angle and core thickness for the best multi-scale damping behavior of the beam are found.


Sandwich beam Damping properties Coated fibers Generalized self-consistent method Mead-Markus model 



This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation under grant 17-79-20105 issued to the Moscow Aviation Institute.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Applied Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow Aviation InstituteMoscowRussia

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