The study of axial compression buckling of isotropic cylinders has received much attention by various researchers over the years. It is commonly acknowledged that the presence of minute imperfections significantly reduces potential buckling loads in comparison with classical linear predictions. This approach, of including geometric imperfections, has been extended by a significant, yet fewer, number of researchers to composite cylindrical shells. As the current study shows, imperfections may not be the only major factor for the discrepancy between experimental and linear buckling loads. Flexural/twist anisotropy, present in most balanced, symmetric laminates with angle-ply layers, is shown to play a significant role in reducing buckling loads from those predicted by classical analysis. Indeed, the assumption of deflections in the form of a double sine series appears to be questionable for such laminates. A recently reported classically linear analysis that included the effects of flexural/twist coupling on buckling loads has been further developed to include the effects of extension/twist coupling. It is shown that buckling loads can be improved by making the laminate antisymmetric rather than symmetric, for the class of quasi-isotropic laminates, whilst retaining a spiral mode shape.
|Translated title of the contribution||The effect of extension/twist anisotropy on compression buckling in cylindrical shells|
|Pages (from-to)||251 - 260|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Composites Part B: Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2003|