Abstract

In order to effectively use the recycled aluminum cans, many applications of aluminum are being explored. One of the most obvious applications is to reinforce with wood or others, to form sandwich composites. The goal of the proposed work is to conduct the research to develop constructional products, which would permit reuse of aluminum cans instead of destroying the structure by melting or trashing. With that goal in mind, our specific objective of this study is to evaluate the stiffness and failure behavior of recycled aluminum reinforced composites under three-point bending for use in composite industries. Composite specimens containing the end sections of the can sandwiched between top and bottom layers of wood are investigated. The results of bending stiffness and failure behavior of sandwich composite panels obtained from the three-point bending tests are presented and discussed.

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