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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Classical laminated plate theory to calculate the effective in-plane laminate properties from the in-plane lamina properties and stacking sequence.  Calculates mid-plane strains and curvatures given the applied loading.  Alternatively, calculates the applied loading required to achieve specified mid-plane strains and curvatures.  Finally, calculates stresses and strains in each ply in both the laminate and material coordinate systems.


Carlsson, L.A.; Adams, D.F.; Pipes, R.B.  "Experimental Characterization of Advanced Composite Materials."  4th Ed. CRC Press. 2014.

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

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