Improved Secant Matrices for the Postbuckling Analysis of Thin Composite Plates
S. Arul Jayachandran
|Published in:||International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, September 2003, n. 3, v. 3|
To study the postbuckling behavior of imperfect laminated composite plates, improved incremental or secant matrices are presented in this paper using what is called additional displacement formulation (ADF). These secant matrices are derived using the Marguerre's shell theory and they can be used in combination with any thin plate finite element. The advantage of the present formulation is that it involves no numerical approximation in forming the initial imperfection matrices as opposed to earlier secant matrices published in the literature using total displacement formulation. With the addition of shear stiffness matrix and little modification, the present incremental matrices could be extended to model postbuckling behavior of plates using the first_order shear deformation theory. The secant matrices presented in this study are shown to be very accurate in tracing the postbuckling behavior of thin isotropic and laminated composite plates with general initial imperfections.
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