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Global buckling and wrinkling of variable angle tow composite sandwich plates by a modified extended high-order sandwich plate theory

Chen, Xiaodong, Nie, Guojun and Wu, Zhangming ORCID: 2022. Global buckling and wrinkling of variable angle tow composite sandwich plates by a modified extended high-order sandwich plate theory. Composite Structures 292 , 115639. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2022.115639

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The advanced Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) manufacturing technologies make the synthesis of Variable Angle Tow (VAT) composites, which enable the design of lightweight sandwich structures to possess variable stiffness facesheets. However, both global and local instability phenomena of VAT sandwich plates under in-plane compressive loads are rarely explored till now. The objective of this article is to fill this gap by developing a Rayleigh-Ritz procedure based on a modified extended high-order sandwich plate theory (EHSAPT). The original two-dimensional EHSAPT proposed by Phan et al. [1] is extended to a three-dimensional case with a minor modification that the first-order shear deformation theory instead of the classical Kirchhoff–Love hypothesis is adopted for each facesheet, which brings several merits such as the conciseness in derivation process and the easiness in program implementation. The Rayleigh-Ritz approach combined with the principle of minimum potential energy is employed to derive the eigenvalue equation that governs the instability problem of VAT sandwich plates under in-plane compressive loads. Both global buckling and wrinkling patterns of VAT sandwich plates can be captured under this proposed analytical model framework. Before instability analysis, the nonuniform prebuckling stresses over the entire sandwich plate are determined under the assumption of membrane prebuckling state. The usage of Lagrange multiplier method in the prebuck-ling regime removes the restrictions inherent in conventional Rayleigh-Ritz formulation and thus provides a general way to model in-plane boundary conditions. The accuracy and effectiveness of the developed Rayleigh-Ritz procedure are validated by comparing with previously published results and FE solutions given by ABAQUS. Effects of core thickness, core orthotropy, and fibre orientation angle of the facesheets on the instability behaviour of VAT sandwich plates are investigated. Finally, the mechanism of steering the fibre trajectory over the facesheets to improve the buckling resistance for the sandwich plate is studied and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0263-8223
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 May 2022
Date of Acceptance: 23 April 2022
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 07:15

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