A shell element for analysis of textile composite structures is proposed in this paper. Based on the embedded element method and solid shell concept, the architecture, geometry, and material properties of a repeat unit cell (RUC) of textile composite are embedded in a single shell finite element. Flat and curved textile composite structures are used to apply and verify the present shell element. The deformation and natural frequency obtained by the present shell element are compared against those computed from full three-dimensional finite element analyses. It is shown that the proposed shell element is efficient, simple, and reliable for textile composite structural analysis.
A Novel Shell Element for Quasi-Static and Natural Frequency Analysis of Textile Composite Structures
Aerospace Engineering Department,
and Mechanical Engineering Department,
Manuscript received December 27, 2013; final manuscript received April 13, 2014; accepted manuscript posted April 16, 2014; published online May 5, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Daining Fang.
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Xu, W., and Waas, A. M. (May 5, 2014). "A Novel Shell Element for Quasi-Static and Natural Frequency Analysis of Textile Composite Structures." ASME. J. Appl. Mech. August 2014; 81(8): 081002. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4027439
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