THERMOMECHANICAL POSTBUCKLING ANALYSIS OF LAMINATED COMPOSITE SHELLS
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The nonlinear response of laminated composite structures subjected to thermal loads is investigated. Analysis is performed using a refined theory and an associated finite element model for geometrically nonlinear analysis of laminated composite shell structures. The model is based on a third-order displacement field which accounts for both transverse shear and transverse normal deformations. Numerical studies of simply-supported plates and cylindrical panels indicate that when the panels are free to expand or contract in the transverse direction, the predicted critical buckling temperatures do not depend significantly upon whether or not transverse normal deformations are explicitly accounted for in the analysis model. However, the critical buckling temperatures are strongly dependent upon whether or not the transverse normal deformations are restrained along the boundaries of the panels.
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