Journal Published Online: 01 September 1989
Volume 11, Issue 3

The Effect of Delamination on the Fundamental and Higher Order Buckling Loads of Laminated Beams



This paper presents the results of a study on the effect of prescribed delamination on the fundamental and higher order buckling loads of laminated beam specimens. A simple one-dimensional model was used to determine the first four buckling loads of both homogeneous and laminated beams as a function of delamination position and length. The model results were validated with detailed finite-element analyses and with experimental data. The buckling loads of specimens with prescribed delaminations of various lengths were determined by measurement of load versus lateral deflection for Modes 1 and 2, and indirectly for Modes 1 through 4 by extrapolation of the beam natural frequencies taken under various levels of axial loading below the first mode buckling load.

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Tracy, JJ
McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co., Huntington, CA
Pardoen, GC
University of California—Irvine, Irvine, CA
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ISSN: 0884-6804
DOI: 10.1520/CTR10157J