Purpose – In this paper, we present a systematic performance-oriented procedure to predict structural responses of composite layered structures. The procedure has a direct application in the preliminary design of aerospace composite structures evaluating the right and most effective material. Design/methodology/approach – The aforementioned procedure is based upon the definition of stiffness invariants. In the paper, we briefly recall the definition and the physical explanation of the invariants, i.e. the trace; then we present the scaling procedure for the selection of the best material for a fixed geometrical shape. Findings – We report the basic principles of the scaling procedure and several examples pertaining typical responses sought in the preliminary design of aeronautic structures. Research limitations/implications – Typically, during early stages, engineers have to perform the daunting task of balancing among functional requirements and constraints and give the optimum solution in terms of structural concept and material selection. Moreover, preliminary design activities require evaluating different responses as a function of as less as possible parameters, ensuring medium to high fidelity. The importance of incorporating as much physics and understanding of the problem as early as possible in the preliminary design stages is therefore fundamental. A robust and systematic procedure is necessary. Practical implications – The time/effort reduction in the preliminary design of composite structures can increase the overall quality of the configuration chosen. Social implications – Reduction in design costs and time. Originality/value – In spite of the well-known invariant properties of composites, the application and extension to the preliminary design of composite structures by means of a scaling rule is new and original.
|Titolo:||An Invariant-based Performance-Oriented Procedure for Preliminary Design of Composite Structures|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1108/AEAT-11-2016-0228|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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