Sandwich structures made of sheets of composite materials are in widespread use, particularly in the transportation industry. Finite Element simulation of the thin, tesselated structures with complex, three-dimensional material behaviour is a challenging task for the underlying element technology. In particular, frequently used linear isoparametric approaches exhibit unphysical stiffening phenomena. Recent developments in solid-shell finite element technology aim to overcome these undesirable effects. Here, they are applied to an example of a corrugated sandwich core under transversal compression. A study of convergence is conducted with respect to commercially available shell and solid finite elements, and their ability to reproduce the bending dominated deformation state. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)