Post-buckling Analysis of Multiply Delaminated Composite Plates

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Haiying Huang, G. A. Kardomateas

School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0150

J. Appl. Mech 64(4), 842-846 (Dec 01, 1997) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2788990 History: Received September 20, 1996; Revised February 07, 1997; Online October 25, 2007


This paper presents an elastic post-buckling analysis of an axially loaded beam-plate with two central across-the-width delaminations located at arbitrary depths. The analysis is based on the nonlinear beam equations, combined with the appropriate kinematic continuity and equilibrium conditions. A perturbation technique is employed, which transforms the nonlinear equations into a sequence of linear equations. An asymptotic solution of the post-buckling behavior of the plate is thus obtained. It is shown that with two delaminations, both the maximum deflection and the internal load of the first buckled (top) subplate increase as the external load increases. Of particular interest is the redistribution of load among subplates, which keeps the increase rate of internal load of the top buckled subplate much less than that of the external load. In other words, the load of the buckled subplate is close to the critical value even though the externally applied load is much larger than the critical load. In addition to the two-delamination configuration, a single delamination case is studied based on the present approach in order to verify the accuracy of the method. Also, a comparison with available finite element results is performed.

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