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Quasi-3D Vibration Analysis of Laminated Composite Shells

  • Fiorenzo A. FazzolariEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-53605-6_91-1



A shell structure is a three-dimensional body bounded by two closely spaced curved surfaces, where the distance between the two surfaces is small compared to the other dimensions. The middle surface of the shell is the locus of the points that lie midway between these surfaces. The distance between the surfaces, measured along the normal to the middle surface, is the thickness of the shell at that point.

Layered structures are composite structures made up of several layers or laminae that are perfectly bonded together. Each lamina is composed of fibers embedded in a matrix. These fibers are produced according to a specific technological process that confers them high mechanical properties in the longitudinal direction. The matrix has the role of holding the fibers together.


Shell structures are widely employed in various aerospace, automotive, mechanical, and marine engineering...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Erasmo Carrera
    • 1
  1. 1.MUL2 Group, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly