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    Theoretical Study on the Bilayer Buckling Technique for Thin Film Metrology

    Fei Jia1, Xiu-Peng Zheng1,2, Yan-Ping Cao1,3, Xi-Qiao Feng1
    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.18, No.2, pp. 105-120, 2010, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2010.018.105
    Abstract Recently, a novel technique based on the wrinkling of a bilayer composite film resting on a compliant substrate was proposed to measure the elastic moduli of thin films. In this paper, this technique is studied via theoretical analysis and finite element simulations. We find that under an applied compressive strain, the composite system may exhibit various buckling modes, depending upon the applied compressive strain, geometric and material parameters of the system. The physical mechanisms underlying the occurrence of the two most typical buckling modes are analyzed from the viewpoint of energy. When the intermediate layer is much thicker than the… More >

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    ARTICLE

    Flexural - Torsional Nonlinear Analysis of Timoshenko Beam-Column of Arbitrary Cross Section by BEM

    E.J. Sapountzakis1, J.A. Dourakopoulos1
    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.18, No.2, pp. 121-154, 2010, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2010.018.121
    Abstract In this paper a boundary element method is developed for the nonlinear flexural - torsional analysis of Timoshenko beam-columns of arbitrary simply or multiply connected constant cross section, undergoing moderate large deflections under general boundary conditions. The beam-column is subjected to the combined action of an arbitrarily distributed or concentrated axial and transverse loading as well as to bending and twisting moments. To account for shear deformations, the concept of shear deformation coefficients is used. Seven boundary value problems are formulated with respect to the transverse displacements, to the axial displacement, to the angle of twist (which is assumed to… More >

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    ARTICLE

    Buckling and Postbuckling Behavior of Functionally Graded Nanotube-Reinforced Composite Plates in Thermal Environments

    Hui- Shen1,2, Zheng Hong Zhu3
    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.18, No.2, pp. 155-182, 2010, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2010.018.155
    Abstract This paper investigates the buckling and postbuckling of simply supported, nanocomposite plates with functionally graded nanotube reinforcements subjected to uniaxial compression in thermal environments. The nanocomposite plates are assumed to be functionally graded in the thickness direction using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) serving as reinforcements and the plates' effective material properties are estimated through a micromechanical model. The higher order shear deformation plate theory with a von Kármán-type of kinematic nonlinearity is used to model the composite plates and a two-step perturbation technique is performed to determine the buckling loads and postbuckling equilibrium paths. Numerical results for perfect and imperfect,… More >

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    ARTICLE

    Numerical Study of PVB Laminated Windshield Cracking Upon Human Head Impact

    Jun Xu1,2, Yibing Li1, Xi Chen2,3, Yuan Yan2,3, Dongyun Ge4,1, Bohan Liu1
    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.18, No.2, pp. 183-212, 2010, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2010.018.183
    Abstract The crack pattern in a PVB laminated windshield upon head impact is of considerable interest because it contains important information on energy mitigation, pedestrian protection, and accident reconstruction. We carry out a systematic numerical study based on the extended finite element method (XFEM), to investigate the effects of various material and system variables, including the impact speed, effective head mass, PVB interlayer material thickness and property, windshield curvature, aspect ratio and size, boundary constraint, impact angle and off-center impact, on the parameters characterizing the resulting crack pattern, i.e. the crack length, crack angle and circumferential crack shape. General relations bridging… More >

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