Influence of thickness shear deformation on free vibrations of rectangular plates, cylindrical panels and cylinders of antisymmetric angle-ply construction
This paper is concerned with the influence of thickness shear deformation and rotatory inertia on the free vibrations of antisymmetric angle-ply laminated circular cylindrical panels. Two kinds of thickness shear deformable shell theories are considered. In the first one, uniformly distributed thickness shear strains through the shell thickness and, therefore, thickness shear correction factors are used. In the second theory a parabolic variation of thickness shear strains and stresses with zero values at the inner and outer shell surfaces is assumed. The analysis is mainly based on Love's approximations but, for purposes of comparison, Donnell's shallow shell approximations are also considered. For a simply supported panel, the equations of motion of the aforementioned theories, as well as of the corresponding classical theories, are solved by using Galerkin's method. For a family of graphite-epoxy angle-ply laminated plates and circular cylindrical panels, numerical results are obtained, compared and discussed and some interesting conclusions are made regarding the shell theories considered as well as the mathematical method employed.