These composites structures have more uncertainties in design parameters compared to conventional structures as a large number of design variables

involved with the fabrication/processing and manufacturing processes.  There are variations in the system parameters such as material properties, de-lamination, fiber volume fraction, volume fraction, lamina layup sequence design and cylindrical shell thickness.  Existing uncertain variation in parameters may have significant effect on such fundamental structural characteristics as stability; consequently they must affect the final design. Considering the above aspects to enhance accuracy in the response evaluation the probabilistic analysis can be adopted to quantify structural response uncertainties.  Composites are subjected to environmental conditions during their service life. They operate in a variety of thermal and moisture environments that may have a pronounced impact on their performance due to deleterious effect during their service life.  These hygrothermal effects are a result of the temperature and moisture content variations and are related to the difference in the thermal and hygro properties of the constituents.  Therefore, there is a need to evaluate the effect of environmental conditions with different geometry and boundary conditions on the structural performance of the laminated composite plate/ shell panel structures.  In certain cases, the hygrothermal loads turn out to be the primary one and control the design. Hygrothermal gradients are built across wall thickness. Due to the boundary constraints, compressive stresses acting on the edges of the component are induced, which may cause buckling, especially in thin walled members.

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