A simple higher-order theory for laminated composite plates Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • A higher-order shear deformation theory of laminated composite plates is developed. The theory contains the same dependent unknowns as in the first-order shear deformation theory of Whitney and Pagano [6], but accounts for parabolic distribution of the transverse shear strains through the thickness of the plate. Exact closed-form solutions of symmetric cross-ply laminates are obtained and the results are compared with three-dimensional elasticity solutions and first-order shear deformation theory solutions. The present theory predicts the deflections and stresses more accurately when compared to the first-order theory. © 1984 by ASME.

author list (cited authors)

  • Reddy, J. N.

citation count

  • 2782

publication date

  • January 1984