Classical Laminate Plate Theory

Prediction of stresses and strains in a laminated plate of infinite in-plane dimensions. Allows for application of thermal and edge loads.

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Simulate the stresses and strains in a composite laminate using laminated plate theory.  In-plane lamina properties, lamina thickness and stacking sequence must be specified.  Either force and moment resultants or mid-plane strains and curvatures must be specified.  The stresses and strains in the laminate and lamina coordinate systems are calculated.  The ABD matrix and reduced plane-stress stiffness matrices for each lamina are also calculated.




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C. T. Sun, Mechanics of Composite Materials and Laminates: Purdue University AAE 554 Course Notes, 2009.

C. T. Herakovich, Mechanics of Fibrous Composites, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 1998.

I. M. Daniel, O. Ishai, Engineering Mechanics of Composite Materials, Oxford  University Press, 2nd Edition, 2006.

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  • Andrew J Ritchey; Johnathan Goodsell (2014), "Classical Laminate Plate Theory,"

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