The study of the buckling behavior of large shell structures through full-size tests can be complex and expensive. Therefore, scaled structures are often preferred to investigate the buckling behavior efficiently. However, it can be difficult to design scaled structures that are representative of the full-scale structures. Herein, an analytical scaling methodology for compression-loaded sandwich composite cylinders based on the nondimensionalization of the buckling equations is presented. The methodology is used to develop scaled configurations that show a similar buckling response. Both the baseline and the scaled configurations are verified by finite-element analysis. Limitations of the methodology are discussed and are a result of neglecting the flexural anisotropy and the transverse shear compliance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781624105326
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2018 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: 8 Jan 201812 Jan 2018


ConferenceAIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2018
CountryUnited States

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