Local behavior of discretely stiffened composite plates and cylindrical shells Academic Article uri icon


  • The layerwise shell theory is used to model discretely stiffened laminated composite plates and cylindrical shells for stress, vibration, pre-buckling and post-buckling analyses. The layerwise theory reduces a three-dimensional (3-D) problem to a two-dimensional (2-D) problem by expanding the 3-D displacement field as a function of a surface-wise 2-D displacement field and a one-dimensional (1-D) interpolation polynomial through the shell thickness. Using a layerwise format, discrete axial and circumferential stiffeners are modeled as 2-D beam, elements. Similar displacement fields are prescribed for both the stiffener and shell elements. The contribution of the stiffeners to the membrane stretching, bending and twisting stiffnesses of the laminates shell or plate, is accounted by forcing compatibility of strains and equilibrium of forces between the stiffeners and the skin.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Kassegne, S. K., & Reddy, J. N.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Kassegne, SK||Reddy, JN

publication date

  • January 1998