Delamination buckling and postbuckling of composite cylindrical shells

Haozhong Gu, Aditi Chattopadhyay

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A higher-order shear deformation theory is developed for accurately evaluating the transverse shear effects in delamination buckling and postbuckling of cylindrical shells under axial compression. The theory assures an accurate description of displacement field and the satisfaction of stress-free boundary conditions for the delamination problem. The governing differential equations of the present theory are obtained by applying the principle of virtual displacement. The Rayleigh-Ritz method is used to solve both linear and nonlinear equations by assuming a double trigonometric series for the displacements. Both linearized buckling analysis and nonlinear postbuckling analysis are performed for axially compressed cylindrical shells with clamped ends. Comparisons made with the classical laminate theory and a first-order theory show significant deviations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1279-1286
Number of pages8
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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