Multilayered Structures under large Bending: Finite Solution and Bifurcation Analysis

Roccabianca, Sara (2011) Multilayered Structures under large Bending: Finite Solution and Bifurcation Analysis. PhD thesis, University of Trento.

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Finite plane strain bending is solved for a multilayered elastic–incompressible thick plate. This multilayered solution, previously considered only in the case of homogeneity, is in itself interesting and reveals complex stress states such as the existence of more than one neutral axis for certain geometries. The bending solution is employed to investigate possible in-plane and out-of-plane incremental bifurcations. The analysis reveals that a multilayered structure can behave in a completely different way from the corresponding homogeneous plate. For a thick plate of neo-Hookean material for instance, the presence of a stiff coating strongly affects the bifurcation critical angle. Experiments designed and performed to substantiate our theoretical findings demonstrate that the theory can be effectively used as a design tool for predicting the capability of an elastic multilayered structure.

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis (PhD)
Doctoral School:Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems
PhD Cycle:23
Subjects:Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/08 SCIENZA DELLE COSTRUZIONI
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