Prediction of post-buckling strength of stiffened laminated composite panels based on the criterion of mixed-mode stress intensity factors

W. T. Chow, S. N. Atluri

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Scopus citations

Abstract

An analytical investigation is conducted to predict the post-buckling strength of laminated composite stiffened panels under compressive loads. When a stiffened composite panel buckles, the skin would deform into a sinusoidal mode shape, and hence induces additional moments and forces near the skin-stiffener interface region. These induced loads would cause the existing small edge delamination cracks to propagate along the skin-stiffener interface, and this in turn would lead to the global failure of the stiffened panel. To reduce the cost of the analytical investigation, the failure of the stiffened panel under post-buckling loads is modeled in two stages: a global analysis to model the post-buckling behavior of the stiffened panel; and a local analysis to model the onset of propagation of the edge delamination crack at the skin-stiffener interface. The results from this study are compared with an experimental investigation conducted by Starnes, Knight, and Rouse (1987). It is found that for the eight different specimens that are considered in this study, the calculated critical energy release rate for the propagation of the edge delamination crack in each specimen differs substantially from those for the others; hence it may be concluded that the total energy release rate would not be a suitable fracture parameter for predicting the post-buckling strength of the stiffened panels. On the other hand, using the fracture criterion based on the critical mixed-mode stress intensity factors, the predicted post-buckling strength of the stiffened panels compares quite favorably with the experimental results and the standard deviation of the error of prediction is less than 10%. Furthermore, by applying the criterion of critical mixed-mode stress intensity factors on a simple damage model, the present analysis is able to predict the significant reduction in the post-buckling strength of stiffened panels with a damage due to a low-speed impact at the skin-stiffener interface region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-224
Number of pages10
JournalComputational Mechanics
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Prediction of post-buckling strength of stiffened laminated composite panels based on the criterion of mixed-mode stress intensity factors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this