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Official Journal of the Japan Wood Research Society

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  • Original Article
  • Open Access

Postbuckling of thin wood-based sandwich panels due to hygroexpansion under high humidity

Journal of Wood ScienceOfficial Journal of the Japan Wood Research Society200147:BF01171225

  • Received: 17 January 2000
  • Accepted: 14 June 2000
  • Published:


This study was carried out to investigate the postbuckling behavior of thin wood-based sandwich panels under high humidity. Using the Rayleigh-Ritz method based on the von Karman nonlinear theory for the panel, the solutions for both the approximate and the closed form for postbuckling of orthotropic panels were derived to evaluate the deflection for the boundary condition of all clamped edges. The results suggested that the edge movement be considered for evaluation of a critical moisture content and deflection of thin wood-based panels fixed on the core with an adhesive. The numerical solution obtained from the derived model showed some discrepancy with the experimental results. The predicted results overestimated the center deflection of the panels because creep and plastic deformation might be caused by considerable in-plane stress on panels.

Key words

  • Postbuckling
  • Nonlinear theory
  • Orthotropic
  • Rayleigh-Ritz method
  • Plastic deformation