Buckling of laminated composite and sandwich beams due to axially varying in-plane loads


Composite Structures, vol.210, pp.391-408, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 210
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.11.067
  • Journal Name: Composite Structures
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.391-408
  • Keywords: Buckling, Composite beam, In plane variable axial load, Ritz method, Shear and normal deformable beam theory
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper is dedicated to study the elastic buckling behavior of isotropic, laminated composite and sandwich beams subjected to various axially varying in-plane loads and boundary conditions (BCs). The formulation of the problem is derived by using the Ritz method with the displacement field based on a shear and normal deformable beam theory (SNDBT). Polynomial functions are employed to present the displacement field. The convergence studies are performed and then obtained results are compared with those of reported works. Results from extensive analysis are presented for different BCs, aspect ratios, orthotropy ratios, fiber angles and loading conditions. It is observed that the type of the axially variable in-plane load significantly affects the critical buckling loads and mode shapes of the beams depending on the BCs. The normal deformation effect depends on not only the aspect ratio but also BCs and the fiber orientation angles.