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A semi-analytical finite element for laminated composite plates

Sheng, H Y and Ye, J Q (2002) A semi-analytical finite element for laminated composite plates. Composite Structures, 57 (1-4). pp. 117-123. ISSN 0263-8223

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Abstract

This paper presents a semi-analytical finite element solution for laminated composite plates. The method is based on a mixed variational principle that involves both displacements and stresses. Finite element meshes are only used in the plane of plate, while the through thickness distributions of displacements and stresses are obtained using the method of state equations. Numerical results show that the rate of convergence of the new method is fast and the solutions can be very close to corresponding exact three-dimensional ones. The use of a recursive formulation of the state equations leads to an algebra equation system, from which solution are sought, whose dimension is independent of the numbers of layers of the plate considered.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Composite Structures
Uncontrolled Keywords: State equation ; Three-dimensional elasticity ; Laminated composite plate ; Finite element
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Engineering
ID Code: 54245
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 May 2012 10:03
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2014 05:26
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54245

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