The paper is concerned with the structural response of a composite shell structure intended as a model of an under-water vehicle for service in sea environment. The main objective of the research is the prediction of the collapse pressure using both analytical expressions and linear or nonlinear numerical analysis and the following comparison with the experimental pressure obtained in off-shore tests. The structure is composed of three basic parts with regular geometry: a cylindrical part (with the following geometrical properties: R/t=30.5, L/R=2 being the internal radius 305mm, the length 610mm and the thickness 10mm) and two conical and spherical end-closures with the same thickness. The cylindrical shell was made up of 7 plies of E-glass woven roving with polyester resin. Various structural analyses were conducted before performing the experiment in the sea to verify the reliability of the analytical and numerical tools. Firstly the entire model was analysed to predict the nature of the collapse (material failure or elastic buckling) and it was stated that the collapse was due to elastic buckling of the cylindrical part. As a consequence the attention was focused on this component and approximation formulae for the evaluation of the linear buckling pressure of isotropic and composite cylindrical shells were used together with finite element models. Afterward the study was enlarged to consider the effects of the recorded geometric imperfections into a non-linear buckling analysis. The collapse pressures were compared to the design values derived from the available recommendations and to the experimental result obtained in an off-shore test (1.3 MPa).
|Titolo:||Buckling Strength of GFRP Under-Water Vehicles|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.1 Articolo in Rivista|
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