In the present work, new mixed variational formulations for a first-order shear deformation laminate theory are proposed. The out-of-plane stresses are considered as primary variables of the problem. In particular, the shear stress profile is represented either by independent piecewise quadratic functions in the thickness or by satisfying the three-dimensional equilibrium equations written in terms of midplane strains and curvatures. The developed formulations are characterized by several advantages: They do not require the use of shear correction factors as well as the out-of-plane shear stresses can be derived without post-processing procedures. Some numerical applications are presented in order to verify the effectiveness of the proposed formulations. In particular, analytical solutions obtained using the developed models are compared with the exact three-dimensional solution, with other classical laminate analytical solutions and with finite element results. Finally, we note that the proposed formulations may represent a rational base for the development of effective finite elements for composite laminates.
Refined First-Order Shear Deformation Theory Models for Composite Laminates
Contributed by the Applied Mechanics Division of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS. Manuscript received by the ASME Applied Mechanics Division, March 3, 2002; final revision, October 4, 2002. Associate Editor: M.-J. Pindera. Discussion on the paper should be addressed to the Editor, Prof. Robert M. McMeeking, Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering University of California–Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070, and will be accepted until four months after final publication of the paper itself in the ASME JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS.
Auricchio, F., and Sacco, E. (June 11, 2003). "Refined First-Order Shear Deformation Theory Models for Composite Laminates ." ASME. J. Appl. Mech. May 2003; 70(3): 381–390. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1572901
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