Identification of material constants of composite laminates using measured strains

Tai-Yan Kam*, C. H. Lin, W. T. Wang

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A method for nondestructive evaluation of material constants of composite laminates is presented. An error function is established to measure the differences between the theoretically and experimentally predicted strains. The identification of the material constants is formulated as a constrained minimization problem in which the material constants are determined to make the error function a global minimum. A global minimization method, together with an appropriate bounding technique for constraining the variations of the material constants, are used to solve the above minimization problem. The applications of the proposed method are demonstrated by means of several examples on the material constants identification of laminated composite cylindrical pressure vessels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-427
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2000

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