Dynamic analysis of bi-stable composite plates

CG Diaconu, PM Weaver, AF Arrieta

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The static and dynamic transitions between stable states for rectangular bi-stable laminated composite plates are considered. The laminated composite plates have nonsymmetric laminate configurations and are subjected to thermal curing in order to introduce residual stresses and to achieve bi-stability. As geometrically nonlinear effects occur, after curing, the plates are able to take multiple stable shapes at service or room temperature. A simple model for dynamic analysis of the snap-through phenomena is proposed based on strain field approximations for the plates. Hamilton's principle is applied in conjunction with the Rayleigh–Ritz method in order to achieve fast results. The model is used to evaluate the initial displacements for the stable states and also to investigate the static and dynamic transitions from one stable state to another. Parametric studies are carried out for various aspect ratios, laminate configurations and actuation loads and the results are compared with those obtained with finite element analysis in order to evaluate the accuracy of the model.
Translated title of the contributionStatic, snap-through and dynamic analysis of bi-stable composite plates
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987 - 1004
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
Volume322 (4)
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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Publisher: Elsevier


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