This research work describes the application of genetic algorithms to weight minimization and buckling load maximization of the non-coupled antisymmetric composite laminated plates. Previous studies of composite tailoring were limited to symmetric and balanced laminates. With the availability of many methodologies for composite tailoring, genetic algorithm is preferably used because of its ability to handle discrete design variable and attain multiple near optimum design solutions. A comparative study is made between optimum symmetric-balanced laminate designs and optimum non-coupled antisymmetric laminate designs, both of which are subjected to biaxial in-plane compressive loads. With the implementation of various genetic algorithm operators such as selection, crossover and mutation, critical buckling load factors are obtained for the optimum stacking sequence for both types of laminates. The mechanical properties for non-coupled antisymmetric laminates is independent of all types of coupling effects such as bending-twisting coupling, bending-extension coupling, and shear-extension coupling, thus giving the laminate a non-coupling behavior. This is in contrast to that of symmetric-balanced laminates where finite bending-twisting coupling terms are present. Optimized laminate layups satisfying the constraints of balance, buckling and adjoining were obtained for two types of graphite epoxy rectangular composite laminated plates. The current research augments the laminate thickness minimization designs with both odd and even number of layers, and the optimum buckling load maximization designs by the introduction of non-coupled antisymmetric laminates.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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