An evaluation of classical and refined equivalent-single-layer laminate theories
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In this thesis, we study the static and free vibration response of symmetric and antisymmetric cross-ply laminated plates using different plate theories. Governing equations for two displacement-based third-order equivalent-single-layer theories have been developed. The first one is called the General Third-Order Theory (GTOT), and the second one is called the General Third-Order Theory of Reddy (GTTR). The displacement field of the second thf!ory can be obtained from the first by imposing the condition of zero shear stresses at the bounding planes of the plate. The governing equations, analytical solutions, and finite element model of GTTR have been obtained in terms of tracers. Proceeding in this manner, the governing equations, analytical solutions, and finite element models of some lower-order plate theories fall out by just assigning appropriate values to the tracers (typically 1 or 0). While analytical and finite element solutions have been obtained for GTTR and its derivative cases, only finite element solutions have been obtained for GTOT. The analytical solutions are of two types. The N avier-type solution is for rectangular plates simply supported on all four edges. In the Levy-type solution, two sides of the plate have to be simply-supported, while the remaining two sides can have any combination of free, clamped, or simply-supported boundary conditions. The results obtained from the different theories have been compared with exact solutions from existing literature . The response characteristics of the plates, like deflections, stresses, and frequencies, as well as the parameters affecting them have been studied. Some of the parameters investigated are sp.an-to-thickness ratios, boundary conditions, loadings, and lamination schemes. The performance of the different theories in predicting plate responses have been evaluated.
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