Experimental and Analytical Analysis of Mechanical Properties for Large-Size Lattice Truss Panel Structure Including Role of Connected Structure

Shaohua Li, Wenchun Jiang, Xiaolei Zhu, Xuefang Xie
2021 Materials  
The large-size lattice truss panel structure (LTPS) is continually increasing for higher upsizing, but the roles of its connected structures on the mechanical properties are always ignored during the previous structural integrity assessment. Thus, in this paper, a series of mechanical tests, including the fabricating of panel-to-panel LTPSs, monotonous tensile, and three- and four-point bending tests, were performed to comprehensively understand the mechanical behavior. Furthermore, a
more » ... l model including the role of connected structures was developed to predict both the elastic and plastic deformation behavior of panel-to-panel LTPS. Results show that the connected structure has a very significant effect on the mechanical properties of panel-to-panel LTPS during the three-bending tests, and I-beam element depresses its carrying capacity. The developed theoretical model was proved to accurately predict the experimental results, and the maximum error was limited within 20%. Finally, the dimensional effects of the connection components on mechanical properties were also analyzed by the theoretical model, and indicated that the panel-to-panel LTPS will present better mechanical performance than the intact structure when the width of I-beam element exceeds 12.2 mm or the its length downgrades to 39.1 mm, which provide a comprehensive guidance for the engineering design of large-size LTPS.
doi:10.3390/ma14175099 pmid:34501189 fatcat:hbm4fyoi5vetjnqzuxu7pzuuoa