The work presented in this paper is focused on the finite element modelling (FEM) of the failure behaviour of lattice composite hollow structures that have been subjected to an external hydrostatic pressure. Furthermore, the development of an experimental procedure to measure the aforementioned resistance, and to test the FEM model is also presented. Carbon fibres composite hollow cylinders with a lattice structure and with different geometries were produced and tested. In order to develop a design tools for such structures, all the experiments performed were computer simulated using finite element modelling. The results obtained with FEM simulation provide further insight to analyze and investigate the failure mechanism. The elastic instability of the studied structures was therefore analyzed and the influence of element geometry on the collapsing resistance thereof was considered. As a result of the study it has been possible to locate three different failure modes which where strictly related to the length of the cylinders. Both the shape of the broken tube and the lever of failure stresses were correctly predicted by the FEM model.

Experimental study and finite element analysis of the elastic instability of composite lattice structures for aeronautic applications.

FRULLONI, Emiliano;KENNY, Jose Maria;CONTI, Paolo;TORRE, Luigi
2007

Abstract

The work presented in this paper is focused on the finite element modelling (FEM) of the failure behaviour of lattice composite hollow structures that have been subjected to an external hydrostatic pressure. Furthermore, the development of an experimental procedure to measure the aforementioned resistance, and to test the FEM model is also presented. Carbon fibres composite hollow cylinders with a lattice structure and with different geometries were produced and tested. In order to develop a design tools for such structures, all the experiments performed were computer simulated using finite element modelling. The results obtained with FEM simulation provide further insight to analyze and investigate the failure mechanism. The elastic instability of the studied structures was therefore analyzed and the influence of element geometry on the collapsing resistance thereof was considered. As a result of the study it has been possible to locate three different failure modes which where strictly related to the length of the cylinders. Both the shape of the broken tube and the lever of failure stresses were correctly predicted by the FEM model.
2007
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