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Numerical characterization of imperfection sensitive composite structures

Arbelo, Mariano and Degenhardt, Richard and Castro, Saullo and Zimmermann, Rolf (2013) Numerical characterization of imperfection sensitive composite structures. 17th International Conference on Composite Structures (ICCS17), 17.-21.June 2013, Porto, Portugal.

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The need to take the imperfection sensitivity of thin-walled unstiffened cylinders into account during the early design phases motivated the development of the NASA SP-8007 guideline, which brings an empirically based lower-bound curve that gives the knock-down factor (KDF) as a function of the cylinder’s radius and thickness. This guideline is still used also for composites, using correction. The conservativeness of these guidelines has been proved both stochastically by Arbocz, Starnes Jr., Hilburger, et al.; and deterministically by Geier, Hühne, Degenhardt, et al. A deterministic method: single perturbation load approach; developed by Hühne, showed that after some radial load (called P1) the imperfection sensitivity decreases, i.e. the buckling load remains nearly constant even increasing the radial load. Such physical benefit is not taken into account by the NASA SP-8007 guideline. This study, in the context of DESICOS, investigates the buckling mechanism of composite benchmark cylinder, developed by Zimmermann, being extreme-case laminates with high and low imperfection sensitivity. The explanation why the buckling load is constant after P1 is given and a physical meaning for the P1 value is proposed. These findings pave the way for the development of semi-analytical approaches for calculating P1. By applying the P1 value in the analysis, one can obtain less conservative KDFs which have shown to be closer to test results, allowing cost savings for the space industry.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83852/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Numerical characterization of imperfection sensitive composite structures
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Arbelo, MarianoPFH GöttingenUNSPECIFIED
Castro, SaulloPFH GöttingenUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:composite structures, buckling, imperfection sensitivity
Event Title:17th International Conference on Composite Structures (ICCS17)
Event Location:Porto, Portugal
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:17.-21.June 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transportation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Space Transportation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumfahrzeugsysteme - Numerische Verfahren und Simulation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems > Structural Mechanics
Deposited By: Degenhardt, Richard
Deposited On:11 Nov 2013 16:37
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:41

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