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Partial delamination modeling in composite beams using a finite element method

Kumar, Keshava S and Ganguli, Ranjan and Harursampath, Dineshkumar (2013) Partial delamination modeling in composite beams using a finite element method. In: FINITE ELEMENTS IN ANALYSIS AND DESIGN, 76 . pp. 1-12.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.finel.2013.07.007


A new method of modeling partial delamination in composite beams is proposed and implemented using the finite element method. Homogenized cross-sectional stiffness of the delaminated beam is obtained by the proposed analytical technique, including extension-bending, extension-twist and torsion-bending coupling terms, and hence can be used with an existing finite element method. A two noded C1 type Timoshenko beam element with 4 degrees of freedom per node for dynamic analysis of beams is implemented. The results for different delamination scenarios and beams subjected to different boundary conditions are validated with available experimental results in the literature and/or with the 3D finite element simulation using COMSOL. Results of the first torsional mode frequency for the partially delaminated beam are validated with the COMSOL results. The key point of the proposed model is that partial delamination in beams can be analyzed using a beam model, rather than using 3D or plate models. (c) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to ELSEVIER SCIENCE
Keywords: Delamination; Composites; Vibration; Beam element; Timoshenko beam
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 05:13
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 05:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/47731

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