This paper presents Best Theory Diagrams (BTDs) employing combinations of Maclaurin, trigonometric and exponential terms to build two-dimensional theories for laminated cross-ply plates. The BTD is a curve in which the least number of unknown variables to meet a given accuracy requirement is read. The used refined models are Equivalent Single Layer and are obtained using the Unified Formulation developed by Carrera. The governing equations are derived from the Principle of Virtual Displacement (PVD), and Navier-type closed form solutions have been obtained in the case of simply supported plates loaded by a bisinuisoidal transverse pressure. BTDs have been constructed using the Axiomatic/Asymptotic Method (AAM) and genetic algorithms (GA). The influence of trigonometric and exponential terms in the BTDs has been studied for different layer configurations, length-to-thickness ratios, and stresses. It is shown that the addition of trigonometric and exponential expansion terms to Maclaurin ones may improve the accuracy and computational cost of refined plate theories. The combined use of CUF, AAM and GA is a powerful tool to evaluate the accuracy of any structural theory.
|Titolo:||Best theory diagrams for cross-ply composite plates using polynomial, trigonometric and exponential thickness expansions|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.11.053|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|