New concepts of lightweight components are conceived nowadays thanks to the advances in the manufacture of composite structures. For instance, mature technologies such as Automatic Fibre Placement (AFP) are employed in the fabrication of structural parts where fibres are steered along curvilinear paths, namely variable angle tow (VAT), which can enhance the mechanical performance and alleviate the structural weight. This is of utmost importance in the aerospace field, where weight savings are one of the main goals. For that reason, shell structures are commonly found in the aerospace industry because of their capabilities of supporting external loadings. Straight-fibre composite shell structures have been studied in recent decades and, now, spatially varying composite shells are attracting the attention of manufacturers. This work analyses the mechanical behaviour of VAT composite shells subjected to different external loadings and boundary conditions. The Carrera Unified Formulation (CUF) is employed to obtain the different structural models in a systematic and hierarchic manner. The outcomes of such numerical models are discussed and compared with commercial software Abaqus.

Accurate stress analysis of variable angle tow shells by high-order equivalent-single-layer and layer-wise finite element models / Racionero Sanchez-Majano, A.; Azzara, R.; Pagani, A.; Carrera, E.. - In: MATERIALS. - ISSN 1996-1944. - STAMPA. - 14:2(2021), p. 6486. [10.3390/ma14216486]

Accurate stress analysis of variable angle tow shells by high-order equivalent-single-layer and layer-wise finite element models

A. Racionero Sanchez-Majano;R. Azzara;A. Pagani;E. Carrera
2021

Abstract

New concepts of lightweight components are conceived nowadays thanks to the advances in the manufacture of composite structures. For instance, mature technologies such as Automatic Fibre Placement (AFP) are employed in the fabrication of structural parts where fibres are steered along curvilinear paths, namely variable angle tow (VAT), which can enhance the mechanical performance and alleviate the structural weight. This is of utmost importance in the aerospace field, where weight savings are one of the main goals. For that reason, shell structures are commonly found in the aerospace industry because of their capabilities of supporting external loadings. Straight-fibre composite shell structures have been studied in recent decades and, now, spatially varying composite shells are attracting the attention of manufacturers. This work analyses the mechanical behaviour of VAT composite shells subjected to different external loadings and boundary conditions. The Carrera Unified Formulation (CUF) is employed to obtain the different structural models in a systematic and hierarchic manner. The outcomes of such numerical models are discussed and compared with commercial software Abaqus.
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