Wave sensitivity analysis for periodic and arbitrarily complex composite structures

Chronopoulos, Dimitrios and Collet, Manuel and Ichchou, Mohamed (2017) Wave sensitivity analysis for periodic and arbitrarily complex composite structures. Engineering Computations . ISSN 0264-4401

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper presents the development of a numerical continuum-discrete approach for computing the sensitivity of the waves propagating in periodic composite structures. The work can be directly employed for evaluating the sensitivity of the structural dynamic performance with respect to geometric and layering structural modifications.

Design/methodology/approach: A structure of arbitrary layering and geometric complexity is modelled using solid FE. A generic expression for computing the variation of the mass and the stiffness matrices of the structure with respect to the material and geometric characteristics is hereby given. The sensitivity of the structural wave properties can thus be numerically determined by computing the variability of the corresponding eigenvalues for the resulting eigenproblem. The exhibited approach is validated against the FD method as well as analytical results.

Findings: An intense wavenumber dependence is observed for the sensitivity results of the sandwich structure. This exhibits the importance and potential of the presented tool with regard to the optimization of layered structures for specific applications. The model can also be used for computing the effect of the inclusion of smart layers such as auxetics and piezoelectrics.

Originality/value: The paper presents the first continuum-discrete approach specifically developed for accurately and efficiently computing the sensitivity of the wave propagation data for periodic composite structures irrespective of their size. The considered structure can be of arbitrary layering and material characteristics as FE modelling is employed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Sensitivity analysis, Wave propagation, Composite structures
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: 10.1108/EC-06-2016-0200
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 10:46
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 00:00
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43599

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