Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Anthony N. Palazotto, PhD
This research modifies the existing finite element formulation of a potential energy based large deformation and moderate rotation theory. Hermitian shape functions replace the existing linear bending angle interpolations. Negligible differences between the two formulations indicate the underlying kinematics limit the accuracy, not the finite element interpolations. Using the new program, numerous nonlinear arch geometries are modeled to investigate the effects of arc length and thickness variations. Local and global snapping phenomena are captured as well as through the thickness shear driven nonlinearities.
DTIC Accession Number
Bailey, John C., "Investigation into the Behavior of Geometrically Nonlinear Composite Arches" (1994). Theses and Dissertations. 6336.