Elastically tailored composite laminates are those laminates that have been designed with specifically tailored stiffness parameters. These parameters can be sized to give an out-of-plane response to in-plane loading, resulting in deformation modes not found in conventional homogeneous materials.
Three different methods of testing extension-twist-coupled specimens are discussed. The benefits and limitations of each of the methods are highlighted. Quantitative results for each of the testing methods using a hygrothermally stable specimen are shown and compared to determine the applicability and suitability of each of the methods.
A comparison of data with predictions from a shear deformation sublaminate plate theory and finite element method (FEM) is presented.
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