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Analysis of FRP Composite Cylinders

D Gopichand and T N Charyulu
Nove CET, Jangareddygudam, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Abstract—The present work deals with the analysis of FRP composite cylinders. Two types of laminates, (1) cross-ply, and (2) angle-ply laminates are considered for the present analysis. Radial deflection and stresses are obtained by varying the diameter to thickness ratio (S), fiber orientation () in both the laminates. The problem is modeled with layered element of ANSYS software which is designed based on 3D-elasticity theory which can be successfully applicable for the analysis of thick FRP composite cylinders. Major findings: The composite cylinder with cross-ply obeying plane strain condition, so limited length model is sufficient for infinitely long cylinder analysis. The composite cylinder with angle-ply obeying plane strain condition with d/t ratio 100 and length is 15 mm, so the limited length model is sufficient to analyze the cylinder. For all other cases we need to analyze full length model.

Index Terms—Composites, Laminates, Fiber angle

Cite: D Gopichand and T N Charyulu, "Analysis of FRP Composite Cylinders," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol.1, No.3, pp. 486-498, October 2012.