Transient Heat Conduction of Variable Stiffness Composite Laminate

G. F. Abdelal, M. M. Abdalla, Z. Gürdal

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Recent research on Variable Stiffness (VS) laminates, which are constructed by steering the fiber orientation as a spatial function of location, have shown to improve laminate performance under mechanical loads. Two distinct cases of stiffness variation can be achieved either by variation of the fiber orientation in the direction of the global x-axis, or perpendicular to it. In the present paper, thermal analysis of a VS laminate is performed to study the effect of steering fibers on transient heat conduction under uniform heat flux using finite element method. The goal of the present paper is a parametric study of the effect of variable stiffness properties on transient response including time to reach steady state and temperature profile. Also, stress resultants and maximum stress location are investigated under different boundary conditions. A FEM algorithm is applied to exactly incorporate the boundary conditions for stress resultant analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-134
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Thermal Stresses
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Materials Science


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