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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 55
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper IX.9

On the Nonlinear Buckling Analysis of Composite Shells and the Associated Numerical Difficulties

N. Akkas* and R. Toroslu+

*Department of Engineering Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
+ASELSAN, Ankara, Turkey

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
N. Akkas, R. Toroslu, "On the Nonlinear Buckling Analysis of Composite Shells and the Associated Numerical Difficulties", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Advances in Computational Structural Mechanics", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 223-231, 1998. doi:10.4203/ccp.55.9.9
The purpose of this work is to study nonlinear, snap-through buckling behavior of shallow shells which are made of isotropic and laminated composite materials under general static loading using numerical techniques. In addition to the finite difference computer programs which we developed for this special purpose, the general purpose computer program ANSYS has also been used. The special purpose programs that we have developed make use of the governing equations, which are in terms of the displacement components of the isotropic and laminated composite shells. Effects of isotropic and laminated composite materials on the nonlinear behaviour of the shells are investigated and the results obtained from the finite difference programs and from ANSYS have been compared for the two types of materials considered. Apparently because of the high order of the derivatives in the governing equations. numerical imperfection (inaccuracy) problems have arised in the solution. To eliminate these problems, the order of the derivatives has been lowered. In addition, various finite difference grid definitions have been applied around apex which turned out to be the most problematic region of the problem under consideration.

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