This research work aims to experimentally study the quasi-static mechanical behavior of a new proposed sandwich insulated panel consisting of autoclaved aerated concrete as the core material and composite laminate as the face reinforcement. Composite insulated sandwich panels were fabricated using woven E/glass fiber plies and metal sheet as face skins stacked to the core. Quasi-static flexural three-point bending and indentation tests were carried out to investigate the mechanical responses of the manufactured sandwich panels. Stress distribution and crack growth of the reinforced beam elements in flexural tests were captured and tracked through a digital image correlation method. The effects of several parameters such as the indenter’s diameter, nose shape geometry and face sheet stacking sequence on the energy absorption behavior of specimens with different boundary conditions based on visual observation of captured microscopic images were explored and compared. Test results indicated that both indenter diameter and boundary conditions affect response and damage mechanisms significantly whereas indenter nose shape has a slight effect on energy absorption. The results illustrate the benefit of incorporation of fiber metal laminate face sheets as a simple and cost-effective in situ technique to strengthening the existing lightweight cementitious materials used in the construction of non-structural components.
- fiber–metal laminate
- autoclaved aerated concrete blocks
- quasi-static indentation
- flexural strength
- composite sandwich panel