Elastic Behavior of Multilayered Bidirectional Composites

  • N. J. Pagano
  • Sharon J. Hatfield
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 34)


SEVERAL recent papers1–5 have addressed the problem of defining the exact (elastic) response of composite laminates under static bending. However, all of these studies have treated laminates consisting of only a few layers, while in practical applications, composite structures may consist of many layers, in some cases, 100 or more. It is therefore appropriate that we consider the response of multi-ply laminates with a view toward examining the generality of previous conclusions regarding the range of validity of the approximate theory normally used in the analysis of these bodies, namely, classical laminated plate theory (CPT).6
Fig. 1

Normal stress distribution.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Pagano, N. J., “Exact Solutions for Composite Laminates in Cylindrical Bending,”Journal of Composite Materials. Vol. 3, July 1969, pp. 398–411.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Pagano, N. J., “Exact Solutions for Rectangular Bidirectional Composites and Sandwich Plates,” Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 4, Jan. 1970, pp. 20–34.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Srinivas, S. and Rao, A. K., “Bending, Vibration, and Buckling of Simply Supported Thick Orthotropic Rectangular Plates and Laminates,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 6, No. 11, Nov. 1970, pp. 1463–1481.zbMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Pagano, N. J., “Influence of Shear Coupling in Cylindrical Bending of Anisotropic Laminates,” Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 4, July 1970, pp. 330–343.MathSciNetADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Pagano, N. J. and Wang, A. S. D., “Further Study of Composite Laminates under Cylindrical Bending,” Journal of Composite Materials. Vol. 5, Oct. 1971, pp. 521–528.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Staysky, Y., “Bending and Stretching of Laminated Aeolotropic Plates,” Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division ASCE, Vol. 87, EM6, Dec. 1961, pp. 31–56.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. J. Pagano
    • 1
  • Sharon J. Hatfield
    • 2
  1. 1.Air Force Materials LaboratoryDaytonUSA
  2. 2.Aeronautical Systems DivisionDaytonUSA

Personalised recommendations