Solidworks Simulation of Mechanical Properties of Recycled Plastics/Nanocomposite Faces Sandwich Panels

Keywords: Recycled plastic skins, reinforced core, sandwich panels, solidworks


Sandwich panels are lightweight, high strength materials desired by engineers for various applications. However, many contributions cited the replacement of the metallic surfaces with reinforced polymeric composites for additional weight reduction purpose but none observed for recycled plastics. Accordingly, this work plans to investigate the mechanical behavior of sandwich panels made of recycled plastic/Nano reinforced composites under tension, compression, and bending load using Solidworks simulation. The data were obtained from previous works, and the complementary data were collected using different approaches. All models revealed that polycarbonate (PC) skin dominated over polypropylene and high-density polyethylene due to the highest modulus of elasticity. However, the results indicated that the core unless reinforced the outer skins will be separated as a result of residual strain at interfaces. Consequently, the core of PC skin sandwich panel reinforced with two thin sheets which lead to improvement in loading endurance from 500 to 1500N without exceeding the allowable limits of the materials and leading to the birth of environmentally intimated material termed green sandwich panel.


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Author Biographies

Ahmad T. Azeez, Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Koya University, Kurdistan Region

Mr. Ahmad is holding a Master of Science in the field of Material Engineering from Technology University, Baghdad- Iraq since 2013. During the Master study, he ranked in the first place over 15 of his colleagues with the highest mark recorded at the Department of Material Engineering, Technology University for the academic year 2012-2013. Subsequently, he contributed in developing a new strategy in the field of functionally graded materials.

Serwan S. Mohammed, Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Koya University, Kurdistan Region

Mr. Serwan is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at Koya University. He joined Koya University as a Mechanical Engineer in 2004. He has a B.Sc. degree in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering from Kirkuk technical collage, 2004, and  M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management from Gannon University, USA in 2014. Mr. Serwan teaches Engineering Design by Soildworks, Engineering Drawings, and Project Management courses at Koya university.


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How to Cite
Azeez, A. T. and Mohammed, S. S. (2018) “Solidworks Simulation of Mechanical Properties of Recycled Plastics/Nanocomposite Faces Sandwich Panels”, ARO-THE SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL OF KOYA UNIVERSITY, 6(1), pp. 65-70. doi: 10.14500/aro.10394.