A novel mixed formulation is derived by means of Reissner’s variational approach-based on Castigliano’s principle of least work in conjunction with a Lagrange multiplier method for the calculus of variations. The governing equations present an alternative theory for modeling the important three-dimensional structural aspects of plates in a two-dimensional form. By integrating the classical Cauchy’s equilibrium equations with respect to the thickness co-ordinate, and enforcing continuity of shear and normal stresses at each ply interface, condenses the effect of the thickness. A reduced system of partial differential equations of sixth-order in one variable, is also proposed, which contains differential correction factors that formally modify the classical constitutive equations for composite laminates. The theory degenerates to classical composite plate analysis for thin configurations. Significant deviations from classical plate theory are observed when the thickness becomes comparable with the in-plane dimensions. A variety of case studies are presented and solutions are compared with other models available in the literature and with finite element analysis.
|Translated title of the contribution||An enhanced single-layer variational formulation for the effect of transverse shear on laminated orthotropic plates|
|Pages (from-to)||567 - 590|
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2009|