Transient thermal conduction in rectangular fiber reinforced composite laminates

Vinayak, RU and Iyengar, NGR (1995) Transient thermal conduction in rectangular fiber reinforced composite laminates. Advanced Composite Materials: The Official Journal of the Japan Society of Composite Materials, 4 (4). pp. 327-342. ISSN 0924-3046

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A finite element formulation based on the Fourier law of heat conduction is presented to analyze the transient temperature distribution in rectangular fiber-reinforced composite plates. Three-dimensional twenty-noded brick elements are used to discretize the spatial domain of the plate. A Crank-Nicolson time marching scheme is used to solve the resulting time-dependent ordinary differential equations. The finite element solution is tested for convergence of results with mesh refinement. Further, the FEM is validated comparing the qualitative nature of results obtained for a plate made of aluminium and steel laminae with that of Tanigawa et al. Results are presented for graphite/epoxy and graphite-kevlar/epoxy plates subjected to different thermal boundary conditions. Laminae with fiber orientations of 0amp;deg;, amp;plusmn45amp;deg;, and 90amp;deg; are considered for the analysis. The results indicate that the temperature variation in the plane of the plate (x-y plane) is very much dependent on the boundary conditions. When the faces of the plate through the thickness are insulated, the number of elements in the x-y plane is observed to have no effect on the accuracy of the results

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laminated composites;Heat conduction;Fiber reinforced;Materials;Finite element method;13; Temperature distribution;Three dimensional;13; Differential equations;Convergence of numerical methods;Aluminum;Steel;Boundary conditions
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Composite Materials
CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Depositing User: Ms Indrani V
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 24 May 2010 04:25

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