Postbuckling of doubly curved FG-GRC laminated panels subjected to lateral pressure in thermal environments
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2019, 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This article presents an investigation on the postbuckling behavior of doubly curved graphene-reinforced composite (GRC) laminated panels supported by an elastic foundation and subjected to lateral pressure and in thermal environments. The piece-wise GRC layers are arranged in a functionally graded (FG) pattern along the thickness direction of the panels. The overall mechanical properties of the FG-GRCs are assumed to be temperature dependent and are estimated through the extended Halpin-Tsai micromechanical model. The governing differential equations for the doubly curved panels are based on a higher order shear deformation shell theory with von Krmn strain-displacement relationships and the panel-foundation interaction. The initial deflections caused by lateral pressure and thermal bending stresses are both taken into account. The governing equations are first deduced to a boundary layer type that includes nonlinear prebuckling deformations and initial geometric imperfections of the panel. The postbuckling equilibrium path for the perfect and geometrically imperfect GRC laminated doubly curved panels are obtained by applying a singular perturbation technique along with a two-step perturbation approach. The impacts of material property gradient, temperature variation, panel curvature ratio, as well as foundation stiffness on the postbuckling behavior of FG-GRC laminated doubly curved panels are investigated.