The finite element method is applied to study the problem of moisture and temperature effects on the stability of a general orthotropic cylindrical composite shell panel subjected to axial or in-plane shear loading. The element employed is a nine-node isoparametric shell element. As the hygrothermal effects on the elastic properties of the matrices and the fibers are very different, the degradation of elastic moduli, the transverse shear effect and the induced initial stress are all considered. Numerical investigation shows that if the temperature increases from 300 to 422 K and the moisture concentration is saturated, the buckling load with both the degradation of elastic moduli and transverse shear deformation considered is ca. 12% lower than Snead and Papazotto's result where only the degradation of elastic moduli was considered. In addition, it is shown that the influence of the initial stress, induced by the same environmental variations, on the buckling load is far less significant.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Modelling and Simulation
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Science Applications