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Buckling analysis of variable angle tow composite plates with a through-the-width or an embedded rectangular delamination

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posted on 2018-03-21, 14:49 authored by Xiaodong Chen, Zhangming Wu, Guojun Nie, Paul M. Weaver
Variable angle tow (VAT) composite laminates, in which fibre orientation varies spatially in-plane in a continuous fashion yet is piecewise constant through-thickness, have been made possible by advanced automated fibre placement technology. Such designs have shown considerable potential to improve the performance of lightweight composite structures. In the present study, an analytical model is developed to study the buckling behaviour of VAT composite plates with a through-the-width or an embedded rectangular delamination under compression loadings. The proposed model can accurately capture the global, local and mixed buckling response of delaminated VAT composite plates. Both free and constrained modes are assumed in the delamination buckling analysis. A constrained point approach is employed to analyse the buckling response when contact occurs between delaminated layers. The accuracy and reliability of this proposed delamination buckling model is validated by finite element analysis and with prior results. The influence of delamination size, position and varying fibre orientation angles on the buckling response of delaminated VAT composite plates is studied by numerical examples. It is shown that the buckling loads decrease with an increase of the delamination size. The VAT laminates with an off-midplane delamination may lead to the delamination opening up, which further reduces the buckling loads. Finally, the mechanism of taking advantages of VAT laminates to improve the buckling performance of delaminated composite plates is thoroughly investigated in a parametric study. This study also shows that the residual buckling resistance of the delaminated composite plates can be significantly improved through using the VAT design concept.



International Journal of Solids and Structures;138, pp. 166-180





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SFI, China's 1000 Young Talent Programme, Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellowship


This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Solids and Structures. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Inernational Journal of Solids and Structures, 2018, 138, pp. 166-180,



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