VARIABLE KINEMATIC MODELLING OF LAMINATED COMPOSITE PLATES
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A displacement-based variable kinematic global-local finite element model is developed using hierarchical, multiple assumed displacement fields at two different levels: (1) at the element level, and (2) at the mesh level. The deplacement field hierarchy contains both a conventional plate expansion (2-D) and a full layerwise (3-D) expansion. Depending on the accuracy desired, the variable kinematic element can use various terms from the composite displacement field, thus creating a hierarchy of different elements having a wide range of kinematic complexity and representing a number of different mathematical models. The VKFE is then combined with the mesh superposition technique to further increase the computational efficiency and robustness of the computational algorithm. These models are used to analyse a number of laminated composite plate problems that contain localized subregions where significant 3-D stress fields exist (e.g. free-edge effects).
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
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ROBBINS, D. H., & REDDY, J. N.
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