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Towards an understanding of variations in the buckling of tailored variable angle tow composite plates

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Gosling



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In this paper, variable angle tow (VAT) composite plates tailored to enhance buckling performance are studied with the use of stochastic finite element method to quantify uncertainties in buckling measures arising from variations in material properties and fibre tow path. Detailed formulations for predicting buckling statistics in terms of mean value and standard deviation are derived to enable a perturbation-based stochastic finite element analysis. The derivations are built on a linear variation formula for fibre tow path and plate element based on the first order shear deformation theory. They are integrated with Taylor series expansion to propagate uncertainties from inputs to buckling performance measures, including buckling eigenvalues, critical buckling coefficients, etc. A twelve-layer VAT composite plate, with optimally designed fibre tow paths under various boundary conditions, has been investigated to illustrate the uncertainty quantification procedure. The performance of the perturbation-based stochastic finite element method has been validated using Monte Carlo simulation. Influences of variations in material properties and fibre tow path are thoroughly examined to understand the variability of buckling performance of VAT composites.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zhou X, Gosling PD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Composite Structures

Year: 2018

Volume: 203

Pages: 797-809

Print publication date: 01/11/2018

Online publication date: 20/07/2018

Acceptance date: 16/07/2018

Date deposited: 27/07/2018

ISSN (print): 0263-8223

ISSN (electronic): 1879-1085

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.07.061


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