On tapered warp-free laminates with single-ply terminations

York, C. (2015) On tapered warp-free laminates with single-ply terminations. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 72, pp. 127-138. (doi: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2015.01.022)

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Abstract

This article reviews the current state of the art in the design of traditional uni-directional fibre laminate construction; beyond the ubiquitous balanced and symmetric design. A ply termination algorithm is then employed to develop permissible tapered designs, with single-ply terminations and ply contiguity constraints, which are free from undesirable changes in mechanical coupling characteristics. More importantly however, is the fact that all tapered designs have immunity to thermal warping distortion; which include all combinations of anti-symmetric (or cross-symmetric), non-symmetric and symmetric angle- and cross-ply sub-sequence symmetries. Tapered designs are presented for laminates with fully uncoupled properties, and those possessing extension-shearing and/or bending-twisting coupling. Such designs represent typical fuselage skin thicknesses, i.e., with between (n =) 12 and 16 plies, but due consideration is also given to new fuselage design concepts with grid-stiffeners and/or geodesic stiffener arrangements, for which thinner designs (n ≥ 8) are of interest.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 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 Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, [VOL 72, 2015 )] DOI#http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2015.01.022
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:York, Dr Christopher
Authors: York, C.
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Journal Name:Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1359-835X
ISSN (Online):1878-5840
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 72:127-138
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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