Bounds on the compression buckling strength of hygro-thermally curvature-stable laminate with extension-twisting coupling

Shamsudin, M.H., Chen, J. and York, C.B. (2013) Bounds on the compression buckling strength of hygro-thermally curvature-stable laminate with extension-twisting coupling. International Journal of Structural Integrity, 4(4), pp. 477-486. (doi: 10.1108/IJSI-09-2012-0025)

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<br>Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the buckling strength of simply supported plates with mechanical extension-twisting coupling. Bounds of the compression buckling strength are presented for a special sub-class of extension-twisting coupled laminate that is free from the thermal distortions that generally arise in this class of coupled laminate as a result of the high temperature curing process. These special laminates are generally referred to as hygro-thermally curvature-stable (HTCS).</br> <br>Design/methodology/approach – This paper gives an overview of the methodology for developing laminates with extension-twisting coupling properties, which are derived from a parent laminate with HTCS properties. A closed form buckling solution is applicable for this special class of coupled laminate, which facilitates an assessment of compression buckling strength performance for the entire laminate design space.</br> <br>Findings – Extension-twisting coupled laminates have potential applications in the design of aero-elastic compliant rotor blades, where the speed of the rotating blade, and the resulting centrifugal force, can be used to control blade twist. Extension-twisting coupling reduces the compression buckling performance of the blade, which represents an important static design constraint. However, the performance has been shown to be higher than competing designs with extension-shearing coupling in many cases.</br> <br>Originality/value – Bounds of the buckling curves have been presented for the entire HTCS laminate design space, possessing extension-twisting and shearing-bending coupling, in which the laminates contain standard ply angle orientations and up to 21 plies. These laminates can be manufactured without the undesirable thermal warping distortions that generally affect this class of coupled laminate, and in particular, those containing angle plies only; previously thought to be the only form of laminate design from which this particular type of mechanical coupling can be derived.</br>

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:York, Dr Christopher
Authors: Shamsudin, M.H., Chen, J., and York, C.B.
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering
Journal Name:International Journal of Structural Integrity
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Published Online:01 January 2013

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