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Stress and Failure Analysis of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Structures with Computer-Based Solutions

John J. Engblom, Ph.D., PE

This course focuses on presenting a well established computational method for calculating stresses/strains in reinforced laminated composite structures. The basis for the presented computational method is often referred to as classical lamination theory. A clear understanding of this approach is supported by the development of the fundamental mechanics of an orthotropic lamina (ply). Various failure theories are presented each requiring that stresses/strains be quantified on a ply-by-ply basis in order to make failure predictions. Both applied loads and hygrothermal (thermal and moisture) effects are treated in the computational procedure. Computer results presented herein have been produced using the LAMCALCS computer program. Use of the program is demonstrated through sample input and output descriptions. The LAMCALCS program runs under the Windows 7 operating system and is provided with purchase of the course. The stress and failure prediction methodology presented in this course is particularly important during the preliminary design phase of laminated composite structures.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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