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Prediction of inter-laminar stresses in composite honeycomb sandwich panels under mechanical loading using Variational Asymptotic Method

Rao, Peereswara MV and Harursampath, Dineshkumar and Renji, K (2012) Prediction of inter-laminar stresses in composite honeycomb sandwich panels under mechanical loading using Variational Asymptotic Method. In: COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, 94 (8). pp. 2523-2537.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2012.02.021

Abstract

This work focuses on the formulation of an asymptotically correct theory for symmetric composite honeycomb sandwich plate structures. In these panels, transverse stresses tremendously influence design. The conventional 2-D finite elements cannot predict the thickness-wise distributions of transverse shear or normal stresses and 3-D displacements. Unfortunately, the use of the more accurate three-dimensional finite elements is computationally prohibitive. The development of the present theory is based on the Variational Asymptotic Method (VAM). Its unique features are the identification and utilization of additional small parameters associated with the anisotropy and non-homogeneity of composite sandwich plate structures. These parameters are ratios of smallness of the thickness of both facial layers to that of the core and smallness of 3-D stiffness coefficients of the core to that of the face sheets. Finally, anisotropy in the core and face sheets is addressed by the small parameters within the 3-D stiffness matrices. Numerical results are illustrated for several sample problems. The 3-D responses recovered using VAM-based model are obtained in a much more computationally efficient manner than, and are in agreement with, those of available 3-D elasticity solutions and 3-D FE solutions of MSC NASTRAN. (c) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier
Keywords: Composite sandwich structural panels;Variational Asymptotic Method;3-D transverse stresses;Small parameters;3-D displacements
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 10:06
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2012 10:07
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/44752

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