A new size-dependent composite laminated plate model is proposed in this study based on a re-modified couple stress theory (RMCST) and a zigzag theory. In contrast to the published size-dependent models for composite laminated plates, present model a priori satisfies the continuity conditions of transverse shear stresses (TSSs) at the interfaces. In the present formulation, the discontinuous TSSs obtained from the constitutive relations are replaced by the new continuous TSSs by using the Reissner’s Mixed Variational Theorem (RMVT). In addition, the RMVT is utilized to obtain the governing equations and corresponding boundary conditions. Subsequently, the deflections, stresses, frequencies and critical loads of cross-ply simply supported plates are considered to verify the present formulation. The results prove that the scale effects of present size-dependent models are effectively investigated. Moreover, the results predicted by present size-independent models are in accordance with the exact solutions. Eventually, the differences of the mechanical performance among the following three models, i.e. present, Mindlin and Reddy for composite laminated plates are discussed in different modulus and span-to-thickness ratios.
Composite Structures – Elsevier
Published: Apr 1, 2018
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