This paper deals with an innovative integrated hollow (space) E-glass/epoxy core sandwich composite construction that possesses several multi-functional benefits in addition to the providing light-weight and bending stiffness advantages. In comparison to traditional foam and honeycomb cores, the integrated space core provides a means to route wires/rods, embed electronic assemblies, and store fuel and fire-retardant foam, among other conceivable benefits. In the current work the low velocity impact (LVI) response of innovative integrated sandwich core composites was investigated. Three thickness of integrated and functionality-embedded E-glass/epoxy sandwich cores were considered in this study — including 6mm, 9mm and 17 mm. The low-velocity impact results indicated that the hollow and functionality embedded integrated core suffered a localized damage state limited to a system of core members in the vicinity of the impact. Stacking of the core was an effective way of improving functionality and limiting the LVI damage in the sandwich plate. The functionality-embedded cores provided enhanced LVI resistance due to energy additional energy absorption mechanisms. The high strain rate (HSR) impact behavior of these sandwich constructions is also studied using a Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) at strain rates ranging from 163 to 653 per second. The damage initiation, progression and failure mechanisms under low velocity and high strain rate impact are investigated through optical and scanning electron microscopy.

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