Failure and deformation analyses of smart laminated composites
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The present study focuses on the failure analysis and shape control of smart composite laminates under coupled thermal (hygro), electric, and mechanical stimuli. A linear thermo(hygro)electroelastic constitutive model for transversely isotropic materials is used for each ply in the composite laminate and for the piezoelectric materials that are integrated with laminates of the composite. Piezoelectric materials, such as lead zirconate titanate, and piezoelectric fiber composites, such as an active fiber composite or a microfiber composite, are considered as actuators for controlling unwanted bending deformations to avoid failure in such composite laminates. Due to the high stress concentrations at the interfaces between an active layer and the host structure, which may cause debonding, embedded actuators in which the active material is placed as part of the plies to form geometrically continuous plies are considered in order to minimize the stress concentration while improving the actuation capability. The first-ply failure and the ultimate laminate failure criteria of composite laminates are used to predict the failure stress and mode of the smart composite laminates, where commonly known macroscopic failure criteria, such as the Tsai-Hill, Tsai-Wu, and maximum stress criteria, are employed for each lamina. Piezoelectric materials can be used to prevent the failure from hygrothermal and mechanical loadings by applying an electric voltage in order to counteract laminate deformations. Based on the deformation and failure analyzes of smart composite laminates having various stacking sequences, fiber and matrix constituents, and piezoelectric materials, we could estimate the overall properties and failure envelopes of the laminates, which is useful in the preliminary design of smart composite structures. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
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