BUCKLING ANALYSIS OF COMPOSITE LONG CYLINDERS USING PROBABILISTIC FINITE ELEMENT METHOD

  • Baoping Cai China University of Petroleum
  • Yonghong Liu China University of Petroleum
  • Huazhou Li University of Regina
  • Zengkai Liu China University of Petroleum

Abstract

The buckling behaviours of filament-wound carbon fibre-epoxy composite long cylinders subjected to ex-ternal hydrostatic pressure are researched by using deterministic and probabilistic finite element analyses. The critical buckling pressures predicted by deterministic finite element analysis and Monte Carlo simulation and response surface method of ANSYS probabilistic design system are compared with the experimental results. The effects of uncertainties of material properties and physical dimensions on the critical buckling pressure are also researched. The results show that the deterministic and probabilistic finite element analyses predict the similar critical buckling pressures, which are a little higher than the experimental results. The probability of buckling predicted by using response surface method is correct according to the experi-mental buckling pressure. The thickness of composite layers, transversal modulus, inside radius and longitudinal modulus have significant effects on the performance of composite long cylinders, whereas shear modulus, Poisson's ratio, winding angle of outer layers, winding angle of inner layers and unsupported length have small influences.

http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.mech.17.5.721

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MECHANICS OF SOLID BODIES