On the Analysis and Design of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Shells

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A. L. Kalamkarov

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2X4, Canada

A. G. Kolpakov

Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Division, Novosibirsk, Russia

J. Appl. Mech 63(4), 939-945 (Dec 01, 1996) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2787250 History: Received May 02, 1995; Revised March 07, 1996; Online October 26, 2007


Closed-form solutions based on a general homogenization composite shell model are obtained for the effective stiffness moduli of the high-stiffness fiber-reinforced angle-ply composite shell. The design problem for the fiber-reinforced shell having the required set of effective stiffnesses is formulated and solved. The set of prescribed stiffnesses for which the design problem is solvable is described, and the effective method of the design parameters calculation based on convex analysis is developed. The minimum number of reinforcing layers required for the design of the fiber-reinforced angleply shell with the prescribed stiffnesses is determined. The solution of design problem is generalized on account of minimization of the fiber volume content.

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