MODELING OF THICK COMPOSITES USING A LAYERWISE LAMINATE THEORY
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The layerwise laminate theory of Reddy1 is used to develop a layerwise, twodimensional, displacementbased, finite element model of laminated composite plates that assumes a piecewise continuous distribution of the tranverse strains through the laminate thickness. The resulting layerwise finite element model is capable of computing interlaminar stresses and other localized effects with the same level of accuracy as a conventional 3D finite element model. Although the total number of degrees of freedom are comparable in both models, the layerwise model maintains a 2Dtype data structure that provides several advantages over a conventional 3D finite element model, e.g. simplified input data, ease of mesh alteration, and faster element stiffness matrix formulation. Two sample problems are provided to illustrate the accuracy of the present model in computing interlaminar stresses for laminates in bending and extension. Copyright 1993 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING
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ROBBINS, D. H., & REDDY, J. N.
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