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Optimal design of laminated composite structures with ply drops using stacking sequence tables

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Abstract

This article introduces the concept of stacking sequence table (SST) for the optimal design of laminated composite structures with ply drops. The SST describes the sequence of ply-drops ensuring the transition between a thick guide laminate and a thinner one. A blended design is represented by a SST combined with a thickness distribution over the regions of the structure. An evolutionary algorithm is specialized for SST-based blending optimization. Optimization of the sequence of ply-drops with the proposed algorithm enables satisfying design guidelines that could not have been considered in previous studies. An extensive set of design guidelines representative of the actual industrial requirements is introduced. The method is applied to an 18-panel benchmark problem from the literature with convincing results. In particular, the present results show that strength-related guidelines can be enforced without significantly penalizing the stiffness behavior and consequently the mass of the structure.
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emse-00867557 , version 1 (30-09-2013)

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François-Xavier Irisarri, Alexis Lasseigne, François -Henri Leroy, Rodolphe Le Riche. Optimal design of laminated composite structures with ply drops using stacking sequence tables. Composite Structures, 2014, Volume 107, pp.Pages 559-569. ⟨10.1016/j.compstruct.2013.08.030⟩. ⟨emse-00867557⟩
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