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|Type of Document
||Fronk, Thomas Harris
||Nonlinear finite element analysis of a laminated composite plate with nonuniform transient thermal loading
||Master of Science
|Mahan, James Robert
|Knight, Charles Eugene
|Kosmatka, John B.
|Date of Defense
Metal plates are being replaced by lighter but equally strong laminated composite
plates in order to improve efficiency and increase performance of aerospace vehicles.
But because of the complex construction of laminated plates they are very difficult to
analyze. Conventional thin plate theories prove to be inadequate in predicting laminated
composite plate behavior. Therefore, a finite element model which incorporates a first-
order shear-deformation theory and nonlinear von Karman strains is described. The
model is shown to accurately predict deflections in laminated composite plates due to
nonuniform transient heat fluxes and transverse mechanical loads.
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