Closed-form solutions for buckling of long plates with flexural/twist anisotropy with the short edges simply supported and with the longitudinal edges simply supported, clamped, or elastically restrained in rotation under axial compression are presented. An energy method (Rayleigh-Ritz) is employed to obtain the critical buckling loads. The critical buckling loads are expressed in terms of minimum nondimensional buckling coefficients and stiffness parameters. The new closed-form solutions show an excellent agreement when compared to existing solutions and finite-element analysis. Due to their simplicity and accuracy, the new closed-form solutions can be confidently used as an alternative to computationally expensive structural analysis to assess buckling in the preliminary design phase of composite structures.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Engineering Mechanics
|Published - Sept 2010