On refined nonlinear theories of laminated composite structures with piezoelectric laminae Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper geometrically nonlinear theories of laminated composite plates with piezoelectric laminae are developed. The formulations are based on thermopiezoelectricity, and include the coupling between mechanical deformations, temperature changes, and electric displacements. Two different theories are presented: one based on an equivalent-single-layer third-order theory and the other based on the layerwise theory, both of which were developed by the senior author for composite laminates without piezoelectric laminae. In the present study, they are extended to include piezoelectric laminae. In both theories, the electric field is expanded layerwise through the laminate thickness. The dynamic version of the principle of virtual displacements (or Hamilton's principle) is used to derive the equations of motion and associated boundary conditions of the two theories. These theories may be used to accurately determine the response of laminated plate structures with piezoelectric laminae and subjected to thermomechanical loadings. © 1995 Indian Academy of Sciences.

author list (cited authors)

  • Reddy, J. N., & Mitchell, J. A.

citation count

  • 21

publication date

  • April 1995