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

Zhou, Xiao-Yi and Gosling, P.D. 2018. Towards an understanding of variations in the buckling of tailored variable angle tow composite plates. Composite Structures 203 , pp. 797-809. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.07.061

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0263-8223
Date of Acceptance: 16 July 2018
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 12:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/120449

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