Title: On Bending and Free Vibration Problems of Thick Laminated Composite Plates

through Exponential Basis Functions, Shahbazi, Mina
ABSTRACT :
In this dissertation, the bending and free vibration problems of thick laminated
composite plates based on >In static problems the governing differential equations
are satisfied over the problem domain directly in a global or local form. In this
method, the solution is first split into homogenous and particular parts and then the
homogenous part is approximated by the summation of an appropriately selected set
of exponential basis functions (EBFs) that are restricted to satisfy the governing
differential equation. The process of finding the EBFs for CLPT, FSDT and TSDT
are described and the explicit expressions are given for special cases of laminated
plates. Two different methods are also proposed for approximating the particular
solution including the Fourier series solution and a method using another series of
EBFs with a similar transformation technique to the homogenous solution.
Comparison of the results of these two methods reveals significant supremacy of the
latter over the former in many problems regarding the computational costs. The
boundary conditions are enforced through a collocation approach on a set of
boundary points. In this sense, the method may be >Contrary to the adopted approach
for static problems, a variational form of the differential equations is satisfied in an
iterative way for the case of free vibration problems. In this method the basis
functions for approximating the unknown variables are selected by enforcing the
boundary conditions on a set of boundary points directly. The frequency parameters
are obtained by solving the eigenvalue problem of the weak or strong form of the
differential equations. The solutions of several bending and free vibration laminated
plate problems with various geometries, boundary conditions and plate lamination
schemes are presented to validate the accuracy, efficiency and applicability of the
proposed methods. It has been observed that the presented methods can perform
excellently in a wide range of problems defined for the bending and free vibration
analysis of laminated plates based on various plate theories.
Key words: Laminated composite plates, Exponential basis functions, Shear
deformation theory

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