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Impact induced dynamic failure of laminated composite pretwisted rotating plates

Amit Karmakar (Mechanical Engineering Department, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India)
P.K. Sinha (Aerospace Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 April 2000


A transient dynamic finite element procedure is presented for failure analysis of centrally‐impacted laminated composite pretwisted rotating plates. A nine‐noded, three‐dimensional degenerated composite shell element is developed and used for the present finite element formulation. Effects of transverse shear deformation and rotary inertia are included. The strength‐of‐material type failure criteria are adopted and the “total ply discount” approach is used as the stiffness reduction model. The dynamic equilibrium equation is derived by applying Lagrange’s equation of motion and the investigation is carried out for moderate rotational speeds for which the Coriolis effect is negligible. The modified Hertzian contact law is utilized to compute the contact force between the impactor and the laminated plate. Impact failure analyses of pretwisted rotating plates are performed to investigate the effects of angle of twist, rotational speed and laminate configuration.



Karmakar, A. and Sinha, P.K. (2000), "Impact induced dynamic failure of laminated composite pretwisted rotating plates", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 72 No. 2, pp. 142-155.




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