Abstract
A method is studied for determining the structure size interval of dynamic similar models of the isotropic sandwich plates. Firstly, a comparison between the two theories of plates, the Resineer theory and the Hoff theory, is conducted, including their governing equations and the ANSYS analytic solutions of frequency. The Resineer theory is chosen as the basic theory of this paper finally. Secondly, the scaling laws between the model and prototype of isotropic sandwich plate are established by combining the dimensional analysis and governing analysis. Both complete and incomplete geometric similarity conditions are discussed. Thirdly, the determination method of the structure size interval of the models is proposed. The nature vibration mode keeps the same and the nature frequency and harmonic response keep in proportion with the prototype of the sandwich plate. At last, the flow step of the intervals determination method is given.
1. Introduction
An isotropic sandwich plate typically consists of two stiff and strong thin face sheets, which are made of metallic or fiber composite material and a thick but low density core, which is between the two face sheets and bonds them together. Such sandwich construction has been widely used in modern engineering, especially in aeronautical, marine and other mechanical industries for decades since it offers the possibility of achieving high bending stiffness with little weight penalty. The investigation of the dynamic characteristics has become more and more important with the increasing use of sandwich constructions. Significant dynamic characteristic of the sandwich construction must be evaluated by experiments before it is applied in practical engineering. However, the experimental evaluation of sandwich plate is costly and time consuming. Consequently, a dynamic similarity scaled down model, which is much easier to work with, is used to predict the behavior of the prototype. Therefore, a reduction in cost and time can be achieved.
Scaling laws of sandwich plates have been studied extensively by many researchers. Morton [1] discussed the application of scaling laws to fiber isotropic laminates based on dimensional analysis, particularly emphasized the case of impact load, and it was shown that layup of laminates was important in assessing the likely validity of scale model tests. Stimitses and Rezaeepazhand [24] studied the scaling laws of incomplete geometric similarity models for predicting the laminate plate and shell buckling and free vibration. In their studies, scaling laws of different material properties, number of plies and geometric size were derived by using the governing equations of laminated plate and shell. Qian [56] used governing equations to establish the scaling laws of the impulse response of laminated plates, the results showed that analytical scaling rules could accurately describe the undamaged response to impact and when the plate dimensions, projectile dimensions and impact parameters all varied, the results were found to follow the scaling rules closely. Ungbhakorn and Singhatanadgid [78] established the scaling laws of antisymmetric crossply and angleply isotropic laminated plates by applying the similitude transformation to governing equations of buckling and frequency directly, partial similitude was considered and the scaling laws which yield good agreement were recommended. Though the method which based on the direct use of the “governing equations” is more convenient than dimensional analysis, it is not so effective in predicting the dynamic response. In the study of Rosa and Franco [9], a structure similitude was proposed for the analysis of the dynamic response of plates or assemblies of plates. Similitude laws were defined by looking for equalities in the structural response, when the damping was modified, a mean response could be predicted in similitude. The structure responses for different fluidstructure interaction parameters were demonstrated for a variety of structure boundary conditions under water by Bachynski [10]. Yazdi [11] presented the establishment of the scaling laws for dynamic aeroelastic stability of laminated plates based on the direct use of governing equations. The results indicated that the models which had different parameters with those of the prototype could predict the flutter behavior of the prototype with good accuracy.
Some studies concerning the use of structure size intervals have been conducted in the past. Rezaeepazhand [1213] presented to what extent similarity theory can be applied to in the design of a scaled down model. Since the intervals were given by experiments, the method finding the applicable structure size intervals was still not clear.
In this paper, intending to discuss the problem associated with the design of dynamic similar scaledown models in analyzing the dynamics characteristic of isotropic sandwich plates. A general determination method of the structure size interval of dynamic similar models of the isotropic sandwich plates was studied based on the Resineer theory of plates. The effectiveness of all these works is verified by numerical examples.
2. The comparative study of the theories of plates
The interested sandwich plate is shown in Figure 1. It consists of two face sheets with thicknesses ${t}_{h}$, and length and width $b$, $a$ and one core with thickness $\mathrm{}h$. The faces and the core are all isotropic with their principal directions along $xyz$ axes. The Reissner theory of plates and the Hoff theory of plates are two classical theories for analyzing the isotropic sandwich plates. Their assumptions and applicability are listed in Table 1.
Table 1 shows that both the Renisser theory and the Hoff theory are able to analyze the dynamic characteristics of the isotropic sandwich plate. In the assumptions of the Hoff theory, the flexural stiffness ${D}_{f}$ of the isotropic sandwich plate’s face sheets is significant. In both the Renisser theory and the Hoff theory, the slope of the panel along the $x$ axis can be written as $\partial w/\partial x={\psi}_{x}+{\beta}_{x}$, where ${\psi}_{x}$ is the rotation of crosssection originally perpendicular to the $x$ axis and ${\beta}_{x}$ is the shear deformation (shown in Figure 2).
Table 1Two plates theories
Theory  Assumption  Applicability 
Reissner  (1) The face sheets are thin compared to the core and in a state of plane stress (${\sigma}_{z}={\tau}_{xz}={\tau}_{yz}=0$) (2) The inplane stresses in the core are negligible (${\sigma}_{x}={\sigma}_{y}={\tau}_{xy}=0$) (3) The inplane displacements in the core, $u$ and $v$, are linear in the thickness coordinate, $z$ axis. (4) The outofplane displacement $w$ is independent of the $z$ coordinate, i.e. ${\epsilon}_{z}=\frac{\partial w}{\partial z}=0$  Critical load and loworder natural frequency of the isotropic sandwich plates 
Hoff  (1) The face sheets are thin compared to the core but its flexural stiffness has to be considered. (2) The inplane stresses in the core are negligible (${\sigma}_{x}={\sigma}_{y}={\tau}_{xy}=0$) (3) The inplane displacements in the core, $u$ and $v$, are linear in the thickness coordinate, $z$ axis (4) The outofplane displacement $w$ is independent of the $z$ coordinate, i.e. ${\epsilon}_{z}=\frac{\partial w}{\partial z}=0$  Concentrated load and highorder natural frequency of the isotropic sandwich plates 
Fig. 1Structure of isotropic a sandwich plate
Fig. 2Deformation of core element in the xz plane
2.1. Differences and relations of governing equations
In this paper, the isotropic sandwich plate in Figure 1 is considered to be rectangular, and the dimension condition is $a>b$. The parameters of the isotropic sandwich plate are listed in Table 2.
Table 2Parameters of the isotropic sandwich plate
Parameter  Meaning  Parameter  Meaning 
$D$  Flexural stiffness of isotropic sandwich plate  ${\psi}_{x}$  Rotation of $x$ coordinate 
${\mu}_{f}$  Poisson’s ratio of face sheets  ${\psi}_{y}$  Rotation of $y$ coordinate 
${E}_{f}$  Young module of face sheets  $w$  Deflection 
${K}_{C}$  Shear stiffness of face sheets  ${G}_{c}$  Shear module of core 
$a$  Length in $x$ coordinate  $b$  Length in $y$ coordinate 
According to the Renisser theory, the governing equations of the isotropic sandwich plate can be written as [14]:
where, $D=\frac{{E}_{f}{(h+{t}_{h})}^{2}t}{2(1{{\mu}_{f}}^{2})}$, ${K}_{C}={G}_{c}\left(h+{t}_{h}\right)$, ${N}_{x}$, ${N}_{y}$, ${N}_{xy}$ denote the inplane loads and $q$ denotes the external load.
The governing equations of the isotropic sandwich plate in the Hoff theory can be represented by the expressions:
where ${\nabla}^{2}$ is Laplace operator, ${\nabla}^{2}=\frac{{\partial}^{2}}{\partial {x}^{2}}+\frac{{\partial}^{2}}{\partial {y}^{2}}$ and ${D}_{f}=\frac{{E}_{f}{{t}_{h}}^{3}}{12(1{{\mu}_{f}}^{2})}$.
It can be indicated obviously that Eq. (1) is the same as Eq. (4) and Eq. (2) is identical with Eq. (5). While Eq. (6) has one more term: $2{D}_{f}{\nabla}^{2}{\nabla}^{2}w$ than Eq. (3), this is incurred by the face sheets’ flexural stiffness of the isotropic sandwich plate.
In Eq. (3) and Eq. (6), $w\text{,}\text{}{\psi}_{x}\text{,}\text{}{\psi}_{y}$ are unknown, so Hu Haichang [14] simplified the equations by replacing $w\text{,}\text{}{\psi}_{x}\text{,}\text{}{\psi}_{y}$ with two other functions $\omega $, $f$ and defined the transformation as follows:
After the transformation, the governing equations are simplified as follows:
According to Eq. (9), the following relationship can be achieved:
$f\equiv 0$ is defined as the boundary condition of the simply supported plate [3], substitution of Eq. (7) and Eq. (10) into Eq. (6) results into the simplified equation of the Hoff theory:
According to Ref. [14], the simplified equation of the Renisser theory is:
Eq. (11) has one more term $\mathrm{}2{D}_{f}{\nabla}^{2}{\nabla}^{2}\left(\omega \frac{D}{{K}_{C}}{\nabla}^{2}\omega \right)$ than Eq. (12).
2.2. The comparison of analytic solution of natural frequency
It is assumed that the simply supported isotropic sandwich plate shown in Figure 1 is free of any transverse loads and inplane normal and shear loads (${N}_{x}={N}_{y}={N}_{xy}=0$) except the inertia force ${q}_{i}$. The inertia force is ${q}_{i}=\rho \frac{{\partial}^{2}w}{\partial {t}^{2}}$, where $\rho $ is the mass area ratio. In order to distinguish the function $\omega $, $\stackrel{}{\omega}$ is used to denote natural frequency.
For the simply supported plate, the boundary conditions of the Hoff theory are:
$\left\{\begin{array}{l}\omega =0,\\ \frac{{\partial}^{2}\omega}{\partial {x}^{2}}=0,\\ \frac{\partial f}{\partial x}=0,\end{array}\right.$
$\left\{\begin{array}{l}\omega =0,\\ \frac{{\partial}^{2}\omega}{\partial {y}^{2}}=0,\\ \frac{\partial f}{\partial y}=0.\end{array}\right.$
Due to $f\equiv 0$, we get:
$\left\{\begin{array}{l}\omega =0,\\ \frac{{\partial}^{2}\omega}{\partial {x}^{2}}=0,\end{array}\right.$
$\left\{\begin{array}{l}\omega =0,\\ \frac{{\partial}^{2}\omega}{\partial {y}^{2}}=0.\end{array}\right.$
Replace $\omega $ by modal function $W\left(x,y\right)$ which satisfies the following boundary conditions:
If only the inertia force in Eq. (11) is considered, the free vibration characteristics are governed by:
Substitute Eq. (17) into Eq. (18), then:
Substitute $W\left(x,y\right)={A}_{mn}\mathrm{sin}\frac{m\pi x}{a}\mathrm{si}n\frac{n\pi y}{b}$ into Eq. (19), then:
where $\text{\Omega}=\frac{{b}^{4}}{{\pi}^{4}}\frac{\rho {\stackrel{}{\omega}}^{2}}{{D}_{k}}$, $\beta =\frac{b}{a}$, ${\delta}_{b}=\frac{{\pi}^{2}D}{{b}^{2}{K}_{C}}$ and ${k}_{f}=\frac{2{D}_{f}}{D}$.
When ${k}_{f}$ is neglected, Eq. (20) becomes:
Eq. (21) is the analytic solution of the natural frequency in the Renisser theory, which neglects the flexural stiffness of face sheets.
2.3. The choice of the plate theory
In this section, the applicable analytical method is chosen and verified by comparing the two theories’ analytic solutions of frequency with the ANSYS results. I SHELL91 element is applied in ANSYS modeling, and the model is meshed by quadrilateral meshes. Consider the following example:
It is assumed that the isotropic sandwich plate is with $a=\text{15}\text{}\text{m}$, $b=\text{10}\text{}\text{m}$, the face sheets with the thickness ${t}_{h}=\text{0.01}\text{}\text{m}$ is made of $\mathrm{T}\mathrm{C}4$ titanium alloy, the core is general rubber with thickness $h=\text{0.1}\text{}\text{m}$. The material properties are listed in Table 3.
The natural frequency of each order with the theory of Resineer and Hoff and ANSYS simulation is shown in Figure 3.
Table 3Material properties of isotropic sandwich plate
The core (General rubber)  The face sheets (TC4 titanium alloy)  
${\rho}_{c}$ – Rubber density  0.95×${\text{10}}^{\text{3}}\mathrm{}$kg/${\text{m}}^{\text{3}}$  ${\rho}_{f}$ – Alloy density  4.4×${\text{10}}^{\text{3}}$ kg/${\mathrm{m}}^{3}$ 
${E}_{b}$ – Bulk modulus  2 GPa  ${E}_{f}$ – Young module  120 GPa 
$\mu $ – Poisson’s ratio  0.49  ${\mu}_{f}$ – Poisson’s ratio  0.34 
${G}_{c}$ – Shear module  1.38 MPa 
Fig. 3Natural frequencies of Resineer theory, Hoff theory and ANSYS simulation
Figure 3 shows that the frequencies obtained by the Resineer theory are much more approximated to the ANSYS result than that obtained by the Hoff theory, and the deviation increases when the order becomes higher. In order to make the analytical results and numerical simulation results consistent, the Resineer theory is chosen as the theoretical basis in the following analysis.
3. The scaling laws of the isotropic sandwich plates
According to the equations of shear strain and rotation [15]:
Substitution of Eq. (22) into Eq. (23) yields:
Applying similarity theory to Eq. (22), Eq. (23) and Eq. (24) yields the following scaling laws for $\beta $ and $\psi $ of the simply supported isotropic sandwich plate:
The equations of the inplane displacements $u$, $v$ are obtained by the assumptions (iii) and (iv) of the Reissner theory [15]:
Substitute the Eq. (24) into Eq. (26) yields:
From Eq. (27), the scale factors must satisfy the following conditions:
Those yield the following scaling laws:
3.1. Scaling laws of complete geometric similarity
Replace $u$, $v$ by the functions $U\left(x\right)$, $V\left(y\right)$, then:
Substitution of Eq. (30) into Eq. (27) leads to:
The following scaling laws can be obtained:
Substitution of Eqs. (22), (23) and (31) into Eq. (3) yields:
From Eq. (33), we obtain:
Substitution of Eq. (32) into Eq. (34) yields:
Because models have the same material properties as their prototype, the following scaling laws must be satisfied:
It is assumed that${\lambda}_{x}={\lambda}_{y}={\lambda}_{z}={\lambda}_{a}={\lambda}_{b}={\lambda}_{h}$ and ${\lambda}_{\rho}={\lambda}_{h}\text{,}$ the complete geometric similarity conditions in Eq. (35) are simplified as:
3.2. Scaling laws of incomplete geometric similarity
When models have the incomplete geometric similarity parameters: ${\lambda}_{a}\ne {\lambda}_{b}\text{,}$${\lambda}_{x}={\lambda}_{a}$ and ${\lambda}_{y}={\lambda}_{b}$ and it is supposed that ${\lambda}_{a}=C{\lambda}_{b}$, ${\lambda}_{h}=A$, where $C>0$ and $A$ is a constant, Eq. (35) becomes:
There are two choices in Eq. (38):
Then, the scaling laws of natural frequency are deduced as follows:
Material properties and geometric parameters of the prototype are the same with the example in section 2.3, as shown Table 3. Table 4 shows 7 incomplete geometric similarity models which all have the same material properties with the prototype.
Table 4The parameters of incomplete geometric similarity models
Model  $a$ (m)  ${\lambda}_{a}$  $b$ (m)  ${\lambda}_{b}$  $C$  $h$ (m)  ${t}_{h}$ (m)  ${\lambda}_{h}={\lambda}_{{t}_{h}}$ 
M1  3  5  0.2  50  0.1  0.005  0.0005  20 
M2  0.6  25  0.2  50  0.5  0.005  0.0005  20 
M3  0.3  50  0.2  50  1  0.005  0.0005  20 
M4  0.2  75  0.2  50  1.5  0.005  0.0005  20 
M5  0.15  100  0.2  50  2  0.005  0.0005  20 
M6  0.075  200  0.2  50  4  0.005  0.0005  20 
M7  0.06  250  0.2  50  5  0.005  0.0005  20 
3.3. Scaling laws and structure size intervals of firstorder natural frequency
According to ANSYS calculation results, the firstorder natural frequency is ${\stackrel{}{\omega}}_{P}\text{=}\text{1.56}\text{}\text{Hz}$. Table 5 lists the predicted frequency for models with the two scaling laws in Eq. (40) and the discrepancies between the predicted frequencies and the prototype frequencies.
According to Table 5, the applicable interval possibly exists within the range of M1~M4 under Eq. (40b), but, Eq. (40a) is more sensitive in discrepancy. So in this case, scaling laws Eq. (40b) is satisfied.
Table 5Predicted frequency and discrepancy
Model  Predicted by Eq. (40a) (Hz)  Discrepancy $\eta $  Predicted by Eq. (40b) (Hz)  Discrepancy $\eta $ 
M1  0.136  91.3 %  1.358  13 % 
M2  0.715  54.2 %  1.43  8.3 % 
M3  1.63  4.8 %  1.63  4.8 % 
M4  2.893  85.5 %  1.929  23.6 % 
M5  4.554  192 %  2.277  46 % 
M6  15.615  901 %  3.904  150.2 % 
M7  23.87  1429.8 %  4.77  206 % 
When $C=\text{1.2}$, the predicted frequency is ${\stackrel{}{\omega}}_{Pr}=\text{1.755}$ and the corresponding discrepancy is $\eta =\text{12.5}\text{}\text{\%.}$ So the firstorder natural frequency is predicted as six discrete values $C=\left[\text{0.1,}\text{}\text{0.4,}\text{}\text{0.6,}\text{}\text{0.8,}\text{}\text{1.0,}\text{}\text{1.2}\right]$ are taken within the range of $\in \left[\text{0.1,}\text{}\text{1.2}\right]$. Then the relationship between the firstorder natural frequency and $C$ can be determined by fitting a third order polynomial, the result is as follows:
The firstorder natural frequency is obtained by different methods and plotted in Figure 4. Here the range of $C$ is $\left[\text{0.1,}\text{}\text{1.2}\right]$, its step size is 0.02. It can be seen from Figure 4 that the values obtained from third order polynomial fit the curve well.
Fig. 4Curve of predicted value and its verification
By introducing a $\text{\xb110}\text{}\text{\%}$ discrepancy of $\eta $, the acceptable range of $C$ are calculated as:
The roots of Eq. (42) in the interval $C\in \left[\text{0.1,}\text{}\text{1.2}\right]$ are ${C}_{\mathrm{m}\mathrm{i}\mathrm{n}}=\text{0.40}$ and ${C}_{\mathrm{m}\mathrm{a}\mathrm{x}}=\text{1.15}$.
So Eq. (40b) is chosen as scaling laws within the interval $C\in [\text{0.40,}\text{}\text{1}.\text{15}]$. If ${\lambda}_{b}$ and ${\lambda}_{h}$ are close enough, the intervals $C$ will be wider.
3.4. Scaling laws and structure size intervals of highorder natural frequencies
According to the scaling law Eq. (40b), there are the same mode shapes between similar model and prototype, the predicted values of highorder natural frequencies and the discrepancies are shown in Table 6.
Table 6Predicted values and the discrepancies of the revised applicable intervals
Order  Mode shape $(m,n)$  $C=\text{0.40}$ Mode shape $(m,n)$  $C=\text{1.15}\mathrm{}$ Mode shape $(m,n)$  Revised applicable intervals  Predicted values  Discrepancy $\eta $ 
1  (1, 1)  (1, 1)  (1, 1)  –  –  – 
2  (2, 1)  (2, 1)  (2, 1)  [0.82, 1.1]  (2.02, 2.43)  (9.1 %, 9.3 %) 
3  (1, 2)  (3, 1)  (1, 2)  [0.92, 1.1]  (2.86, 2.92)  (0.8 %, 2.6 %) 
4  (3, 1)  (4, 1)  (3, 1)  [0.92, 1.1]  (2.87, 3.31)  (5.1 %, 9.6 %) 
5  (2, 2)  (5, 1)  (2, 2)  [0.92, 1.1]  (3.21, 3.4)  (1.1 %, 4.6 %) 
6  (3, 2)  (6, 1)  (3, 2)  [1, 1.1]  (3.88, 4.08)  (0.97 %, 6.2 %) 
7  (4, 1)  (1, 2)  (4, 1)  [1, 1.1]  (3.9, 4.23)  (0.89 %, 9.4 %) 
Table 6 demonstrates that when the order gets higher and the mode shape changes, the applicable structure size intervals become narrow and closer to the complete geometric similarity conditions, but it is still incomplete geometric similarity model because of ${\lambda}_{h}\ne {\lambda}_{b}$.
4. The scaling laws and structure size intervals of harmonic response
When the isotropic sandwich plate in Figure 1 is subjected to the harmonic excitation $q\left(t\right)=q\mathrm{sin}\left({\stackrel{}{\omega}}_{q}t\right)$ on the geometric center, where $q$ is the amplitude of pressure, the force applied to the plate is $F\left(t\right)=qdxdy\mathrm{sin}\left({\stackrel{}{\omega}}_{q}t\right)$, where $dx$, $dy$ are the length and width of the excited element respectively.
In this section, the scaling laws and applicable intervals of the response will be determined when the isotropic sandwich plate is suffering the harmonic excitation. After this, the amplitudeversusfrequency curve of prototype is predicted by the model experiments.
4.1. Scaling laws of complete geometric similarity
The dimensional analysis method [16] is applied to calculate the $\pi $ term and determine two scaling laws:
Substitution of Eq. (43) into Eq. (3) yields:
According to Eq. (36), Eq. (44) and the condition of complete geometric similarity ${\lambda}_{u}={\lambda}_{v}={\lambda}_{x}={\lambda}_{y}={\lambda}_{z}={\lambda}_{a}={\lambda}_{b}={\lambda}_{h}={\lambda}_{\rho}\text{,}$ and ${\lambda}_{\stackrel{}{\omega}}={\lambda}_{{\stackrel{}{\omega}}_{q}}\text{,}$ the scaling laws of complete geometric similarity are:
When the frequency’s scaling law of complete geometric similarity ${\lambda}_{\stackrel{}{\omega}}^{2}=1/{\lambda}_{b}^{2}$ is considered, Eq. (45) can be simplified as:
And the complete scaling laws of harmonic excitation response are:
Eq. (47) gives the same results with Ref. [6]. It is worthy of note that according to Ref. [6], Eq. (47) can be applied not only to the harmonic response, but also to other responses of random excitation $q(x,y,t)$.
4.2. Scaling laws of incomplete geometric similarity
If the model cannot satisfy the complete conditions, there are ${\lambda}_{x}={\lambda}_{a}$, ${\lambda}_{y}={\lambda}_{b}$, ${\lambda}_{a}\ne {\lambda}_{b}$, it is supposed ${\lambda}_{a}=C{\lambda}_{b}$ and ${\lambda}_{h}=A$ where $A$ is constant, substitution of these laws into Eq. (44) yields:
Substitution of Eqs. (28) and (36) into Eq. (48) yields:
So the scaling laws of the amplitude are as follows:
In allusion to Eq. (50), the following matters should be consideres.
(1) Eq. (50) should satisfy the interval requirement $C\in \left[\text{0.40,}\text{}\text{1.15}\right]$.
(2) Though the harmonic excitation is a concentrated load, it has the infinitesimal area $S=dxdy$ which is subjected to the pressure $q$, so there are the scaling laws of area $S$: ${\lambda}_{S}={C\lambda}_{b}^{2}$, and the force ${\lambda}_{F}={C\lambda}_{b}^{2}{\lambda}_{q}$. Eq. (49) can be simplified as:
where the subscript $F$ represents the force amplitude.
(3) ${\lambda}_{{\stackrel{}{\omega}}_{q}}={\lambda}_{\stackrel{}{\omega}}$ should be hold, which is the same as that in complete geometric similarity.
4.3. Verify the scaling laws and the applicable intervals
In order to verify the scaling laws and the applicable intervals, the same isotropic sandwich plate as that in section 2.3 is considered. When the excitation is with ${\lambda}_{F}=\text{10}$, the excitation of prototype is $F=100\mathrm{sin}\left({\stackrel{}{\omega}}_{q}t\right)$, the firstorder amplitudeversusfrequency curve in the interval $C\in \left[\text{0.40, 1.1}5\right]$ is predicted in this section.
The distorted scaling laws may cause the extreme difference between the discrepancy and natural frequency of prototype and those of the predicted value, so the amplitude discrepancy near the resonance point will be amplified. When the frequency is away from the resonance zone, the predicted amplitudes in different $C$ are displayed in Figure 5.
Figure 5 indicates that Eq. (51) is not applicable in $C\in \left[\text{0.40, 1.15}\right]$, so a revised scaling law is needed. Eq. (51) is multiplied by a correction factor $C$, where $C={\lambda}_{a}/{\lambda}_{b}$, then:
Fig. 5Predicted amplitudes in different discrete values of C by Eq. (51)
The new predicted curves are shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6 shows that Eq. (52) is an applicable scaling law of the amplitude. The discrepancies increase as the frequency rises because of the discrepancy of natural frequency, which was mentioned in previous section, and the applicable structure size intervals is uniform, $C\in \left[\text{0.40,}\text{}\text{1.15}\right]$.
Fig. 6Predicted amplitudes in different discrete values of C by Eq. (52)
5. Flow steps of the intervals determination method
The applicable structure size intervals have been investigated above. The flow of the intervals determination method is summarized in Figure 7.
Fig. 7Flow steps of the intervals determination method
6. Conclusion
The Resineer theory of plates was chosen as the basic theory of this paper by comparing with the Hoff theory of plates. The scaling laws of both complete and incomplete geometric similarity model of the isotropic sandwich plates were obtained. The determination method of the structure size interval of the models was studied in the end. Some specific conclusions are listed as follows:
(1) The governing equation and the analytic solution of Hoff theory have the extra terms ${D}_{f}$ and ${k}_{f}$, which indicate the influence of the face sheets’ flexural stiffness of the sandwich plate.
(2) It is verified that analytic result from Reissner theory is more approximated the result from ANSYS, so the modeling of ANSYS sandwich plate element uses the Reissner theory.
(3) Establishing the scaling laws of frequency and dynamic response ${\lambda}_{\stackrel{}{\omega}}^{2}=1/{\lambda}_{b}^{2}\text{,}$${\lambda}_{w}={\lambda}_{F}/CA$. A correction factor $C$ is used to revise the scaling laws of amplitude:${\lambda}_{w}={\lambda}_{F}/A$.
(4) Obtaining the predicted curves by using the polynomial of third order, and finding the applicable structure size intervals of each order natural frequency which satisfy the discrepancy $\eta <\text{10}\text{}\text{\%}$.
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This work is supported by National Science Foundation of China (51105064), National Program on Key Basic Research Project (2012CB026000), and Natural Science Foundation of Liaoning Province (201202056).