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Exact strip postbuckling analysis of composite plates under compression and shear

Zhao, K., Kennedy, D. and Featherston, C.A. 2019. Exact strip postbuckling analysis of composite plates under compression and shear. Aeronautical Journal 123 (1263) , pp. 658-677. 10.1017/aer.2019.27

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Stiffened wing and fuselage panels often have a postbuckling reserve of strength, enabling them to carry loads far in excess of their critical buckling loads. Therefore allowing for postbuckling in design can reduce their weight, hence reducing fuel consumption and environmental impact. The present paper extends the postbuckling analysis in the exact strip software VICONOPT to more accurately reflect the skewed mode shapes arising from shear load and anisotropy. Such mode shapes are represented by a series of sinusoidal responses with different half-wavelengths which are coupled together using Lagrangian multipliers to enforce the boundary conditions. In postbuckling analysis the in-plane deflections involve responses with additional half-wavelengths which are absent from the out-of-plane deflection series. Numerical results are presented and compared with finite element analysis for validation. The present analysis gives close results compared to the finite element and finite strip methods and saves computational time significantly.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
ISSN: 0001-9240
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 July 2019
Date of Acceptance: 18 March 2019
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 00:53

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