Same with core boats (foam or balsa), very stiff.I would do a quick test where you compare how easy it is to bend wood and fiberglass of the same thickness.
I'm trying to remember what we used on the race car we built in college....there was balsa in the middle sandwiched between either fiberglass or carbon fiber. I'm starting to think it was carbon fiber, but whatever it was, it was super rigid as all get out.
Sorry, no engineering data for you but the strongest resin by far is epoxy, the second greatest invention for us boaters (Gin & Tonics being #1).If we could find the appropriate explanation of the various measures of strength, and get measures for various materials available, it would probably not be too hard to figure out what thickness of figerglass/kevlar/carbon fiber would be required to replace say 3/4" mdf.
Would a product like Damplifier be considered a viscoelastic constraint layer?If you are looking for a more efficient solution to minimize resonances or flex a viscoelastic constraint layer coupled with typical bracing will be approximately 8 times more effective than just bracing alone.
It is hard to tell with the minimal information provided on the website. I typically recommend use of Peel & Seal for use as a viscoelastic constraint layer. During the application process it is imperative that a heat gun is used to achieve better adhesion with the material. If for some reason the material will be subject to high heat Dynamat is a superior, but more expensive, choice as it is designed to withstand such conditions.Would a product like Damplifier be considered a viscoelastic constraint layer?
The best source I can recommend is finding material engineering texts used by a local university. I personally do not own any such books and am not aware of any 'best'. I just borrowed some books from an engineering friend a few years ago.Out of curiosity, do you have reference material on cabinet design/bracing/constraint layer materials?