Low velocity impact of transversely isotropic beams and plates

W. P. Schonberg*, L. M. Keer, T. K. Woo

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The dynamic structural contact problems of a rigid, smooth cylindrical striker impacting an elastically supported transversely isotropic beam and plate are solved. The solutions are obtained as a superposition of a static layer solution derived through the use of integral transforms with an elementary beam or plate theory solution that incorporates the dynamic effects. The problems are formulated in such a manner as to require the solution of a Volterra integral equation for each time step. Numerical results are presented for fixed and simply supported beams and plates. Three materials are used to study the effects of anisotropy: magnesium, which is nearly isotropic; cadmium, which is moderately anisotropic; and graphite/epoxy, which is highly anisotropic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-896
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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