A high-order theory for the analysis of circular cylindrical composite sandwich shells with transversely compliant core subjected to external loads

O. Rahmani, S.M.R. Khalili, O.T. Thomsen

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Abstract

A new model based on the high order sandwich panel theory is proposed to study the effect of external loads on the free vibration of circular cylindrical composite sandwich shells with transversely compliant core, including also the calculation of the buckling loads. In the present model, in contrast to most of the available sandwich plate and shell theories, no prior assumptions are made with respect to the displacement field in the core. Herein the displacement and the stress fields of the core material are determined through a 3D elasticity solution. The performance of the present theory is compared with that of other sandwich theories by the presentation of comparative results obtained for several examples encompassing different material properties and geometric parameters. It is shown that the present model produce results of very high accuracy, and it is suggested that the present model, which is based on a 3D elasticity solution for the core material, can be used as a benchmark in future studies of the free vibration and buckling of circular cylindrical composite sandwich shells with a transversely compliant core.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2129-2142
Number of pages14
JournalComposite Structures
Volume94
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012

Keywords

  • composite sandwich structures, transversely compliant core, free vibration, buckling, circular cylindrical shell, elasticity solution

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