On a Continuum Theory for a Laminated Medium

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D. S. Drumheller

Shock Wave Phenomena Division, Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, N. Mex.

A. Bedford

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

J. Appl. Mech 40(2), 527-532 (Jun 01, 1973) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3423018 History: Received November 01, 1971; Revised April 01, 1972; Online July 12, 2010


An extension of the effective stiffness theory developed for elastic laminates by Sun, Achenbach, and Herrmann [1] is presented in a form suitable for the solution of dynamical processes in composite materials including determination of stresses. A derivation of displacement and stress interface boundary conditions suitable for higher-order theories is presented. The theory is illustrated with dispersion and mode shape results for two examples of steady-state wave propagation.

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