Finite element analysis of shear deformable laminated composite plates

Tai-Yan Kam*, R. R. Chang

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A shear deformable finite element is developed for the analysis of thick laminated composite plates. The finite element formulation is based on Mindlin's plate theory in which shear correction factors are derived from the exact expressions for orthotropic materials. The element is used to solve a variety of problems on deflection, stress distribution, natural frequency and buckling of laminated composite plates. The effects of material properties, plate aspect ratio, length-to-thickness ratio, number of layers and lamination angle on the mechanical behaviors of laminated composite plates are investigated. Optimal lamination arrangements of layers for laminated composite plates of particular applications are determined.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1992
EventEnergy-Sources Technology Conference and Exhibition - Houston, TX, USA
Duration: 26 Jan 199230 Jan 1992


ConferenceEnergy-Sources Technology Conference and Exhibition
CityHouston, TX, USA

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