Large deformations of a laminated composite

R. A. Grot*, J. D. Achenbach

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An approximate nonlinear theory is derived to describe the mechanical behavior of a laminated composite consisting of alternating layers of two homogeneous materials subjected to large deformations. The theory is based on two-term expansions of the motion across the thicknesses of the undeformed layers. The kinematics and the balance laws are formulated, and the constitutive equations are worked out for elastic behavior of the constitutive materials. The governing equations are subsequently written out in detail for the case of a small amplitude disturbance superimposed on a large static deformation. The latter system of equations is used to investigate the propagation of small amplitude time-harmonic waves in a prestressed laminated composite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-659
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1970

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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