1005 Advances in Plate and Shell Modeling of Laminated Composite, Sandwich, and Multi-functional Structures

Alexander Tessler, NASA Langley Research Center
Marco Di Sciuva, Politecnico di Torino
Maenghyo Cho, Seoul National University
Marco Gherlone, Politecnico di Torino
Over the past several decades, laminated composite, sandwich, and multi-functional structures have found increased usage in many industries including aerospace, automotive, civil, marine, and sports. Due to their inherent performance and economic advantages, advanced composites are often indispensable in solving various design challenges. To enable reduced weight, increased performance, and affordable composite materials and structures, a large number of theoretical and computational analysis approaches have been developed.
This mini-symposium will focus on recent advances in plate and shell modeling of laminated composite, sandwich, and multi-functional structures, including nanocomposite, piezo, and viscoelastic multi-layered materials. Structural theories and finite element formulations utilizing new concepts to achieve robust and realistic predictions will be discussed. Efficient computational methods for modeling delaminations and propagation of damage are of major interest. Methods that incorporate higher-order effects including cross-sectional distortions and thickness-stretch deformations are pertinent to this mini-symposium. Papers discussing novel approaches, which explore more realistic representations of the deformation states of transverse-shear-flexible multi-layered structures and lead to the development of computationally efficient finite elements, are of great interest. In addition, papers addressing practical applications and experimental assessments of various analytic and computational approaches are also within the scope of this mini-symposium.