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Design Optimization of Laminated Composite Structures Using Explicit Finite Element Analysis

Abstract Laminated composite materials are used in aerospace, civil and mechanical structural systems due to their superior material properties compared to the constituent materials as well as in comparison to traditional materials such as metals. Laminate structures are composed of multiple orthotropic material layers bonded together to form a single performing part. As such, the layup design of the material largely influences the structural performance. Optimization techniques such as the Genetic Algorithm (GA), Differential Evolution (DE), the Method of Feasible Directions (MFD), and others can be used to determine the optimal laminate composite material layup. In this thesis, sizing, shape and topology design optimization of laminated composites... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Mika, Krista Nicole (Author) / Rajan, Subramaniam (Advisor) / Neithalath, Narayanan (Committee member) / Mobasher, Barzin (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Civil engineering / Engineering / finite element analysis / laminate composites / optimization
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 126 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Civil and Environmental Engineering 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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