Investigation of composite box beam dynamics using a higher-order theory

Thomas R. McCarthy, Aditi Chattopadhyay

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A higher-order composite box beam theory is developed to model beams with arbitrary wall thicknesses. The theory, which is based on a refined displacement field, approximates the three-dimensional elasticity solution so that the beam cross-sectional properties are not reduced to one-dimensional beam parameters. Both inplane and out-of-plane warping are included automatically in the formulation. The model can accurately capture the tranverse shear stresses through the thickness of each wall while satisfying stress-free boundary conditions on the inner and outer surfaces of the beam. Numerical results are presented for beams with varying wall thicknesses and aspect ratios. The static results are correlated with available experimental data and show excellent agreement. Dynamic results presented show the importance of including inplane and out-of-plane warping deformations in the formulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-284
Number of pages12
JournalComposite Structures
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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