Additive manufacturing technology is suitable for producing energy-absorbing devices with tunable mechanical properties and improved crashworthiness performance. In this study, the mechanical properties and macrostructural crushing behaviour of five additively manufactured polymer-based honeycomb structures (HS) are investigated. Subjected to in-plane loading, the experimental results of the HS are compared with numerical findings and theoretical predictions. Results indicate that deformation modes and overall crushing performance are influenced by utilising different parent materials. The polymer HS made from polyethylene terephthalate glycol gives the best overall crushing performance over the other polymers and polymer-fibre reinforcement HS. However, the crush force efficiency of HS made from polylactic acid is the least promising. The polymer-fibre reinforced HS outperforms some of the pure polymer-based ones in terms of specific energy absorption and shows a characteristic lightweight advantage. Hence, spotting it as a promising energy absorber utilised for crashworthiness application especially where ultra-lightweight property is highly desired.
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- In-plane crushing
- crashworthiness performance
- additive manufacturing
- honeycomb structures