This paper presents a Ritz-type numerical scheme for the analysis of doubly curved laminated open panels. The fundamental strain-displacement relations and energy expressions are developed in orthogonal curvilinear coordinates. Higher-order shear deformation theory and the effects of rotary inertia are included in the formulation. The displacement fields are prescribed by Bezier surface patches and the procedure to implement the boundary conditions in this context is also described. The numerical method is developed such that any arbitrary open panel bounded by four curved edges can be analyzed. Two examples namely: cantilevered cross-ply cylindrical and spherical panels are used to demonstrate the convergence of the solution procedure. Bezier surface patches formed by the eighth order polynomials yield good values of the natural frequencies.
On Free Vibrations of Fiber Reinforced Doubly Curved Panels, Part 1: Formulation/Convergence Study
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Singh, A. V., and Kumar, V. (January 1, 1998). "On Free Vibrations of Fiber Reinforced Doubly Curved Panels, Part 1: Formulation/Convergence Study." ASME. J. Vib. Acoust. January 1998; 120(1): 287–294. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2893819
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