The present work aims at studying the effect of geometric parameters of isogrid structures on their buckling behavior. To this purpose, isogrid structures in polyamide reinforced with short carbon fibers, with different rib widths, rib thicknesses, and cell heights, were additively manufactured using the fused deposition modeling technology; then, they were subjected to compression test until the occurrence of buckling. It was observed that isogrid structures can undergo to different failure modes, local and global buckling, depending on the values of geometrical parameters. Furthermore, the geometrical parameters that lead to the highest strength are different to those providing the highest specific strength. However, the specific strength of the 3D printed composite material is higher than those of 1XXX and 3XXX aluminum alloys. Rib thickness was characterized by the highest effect on both strength and specific strength while the cell height results in the lowest contribution. Finally, optical and scanning electron microscopies were carried out in order to analyze the fractured ribs and to obtain high magnification three-dimensional topography of fractured surfaces after buckling. The effect of moisture content on polyamide reinforced composites and the comparison between 3D printed and traditionally produced isogrid structures will be investigated in future researches.
3D printing and testing of composite isogrid structures / Forcellese, A.; Simoncini, M.; Vita, A.; Di Pompeo, V.. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY. - ISSN 0268-3768. - 109:7-8(2020), pp. 1881-1893. [10.1007/s00170-020-05770-4]