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Static and free vibration analyses of composite and sandwich plates by an edge-based smoothed discrete shear gap method (ES-DSG3) using triangular elements based on layerwise theory


P. Phung-Van, Chien H. Thai, T. Nguyen-Thoi, H. Nguyen-Xuan

Source title: 
Composites Part B: Engineering, 60: 227-238, 2014 (ISI)
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An edge-based smoothed stabilized discrete shear gap method (ES-DSG3) based on the first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT) was recently proposed for static and dynamic analyses of Mindlin plates. In this paper, the ES-DSG3 is extended and incorporated with a layerwise theory for static and free vibration analyses of composite and sandwich plates. In the layerwise theory, the behavior of each layer follows the first-order shear deformation theory and the condition of displacement continuity is imposed at the interfaces of layers. This hence does not require shear correction factors and improves significantly the accuracy of transverse shear stresses. The stiffness formulation of the ES-DSG3 is performed by using the strain smoothing technique over the smoothing domains associated with edges of elements for each layer. The accuracy and reliability of the proposed method are confirmed in several numerical examples.