Considerations on the use of finite elements in the analysis of composite structures

James Thompson, Ian Marshall, James Wood, William Arnold

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Due to certain intrinsic factors associated with composite materials (for example their laminar orthotropic nature), many problems are extremely difficult to study using classical techniques or are completely intractable with no closed form solutions available. Using Finite Elements to analyse such problems can often appear an attractive alternative, however, them are several distinctions which have to be acknowledged when using the technique in comparison to the analysis of homogenous isotropic materials.
This paper outlines some of these considerations with reference to element types and modelling strategies available in commercial F.E.packages. Some initial Thoughts on benchmarks for composite elements are also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of finite element methods for composite structures
Subtitle of host publicationImperial College
Place of PublicationLondon
Pages18 - 27
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 1991
EventFinite Element Methods For Composites Workshop - Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sep 19916 Sep 1991


ConferenceFinite Element Methods For Composites Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Finite elements
  • Composite structures
  • Analysis


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