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Buckling of Symmetric Laminated Fiberglass Reinforced (FRP) Plates

Austin, Calvin Deon (2003) Buckling of Symmetric Laminated Fiberglass Reinforced (FRP) Plates. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) is a composite material made of fiber reinforcement surrounded by a solid matrix. FRP is slowly making its way into civil engineering structures. The many advantages of FRP, such as light weight, corrosion resistance, and the ability to vary its properties over a wide range of values, have made it a competitor to steel, concrete and wood as a building material. Although FRP has existed for many years, there is still much about it that needs to be understood before it is to be accepted as a building material in civil engineering structures.The objective of the current work is to investigate the buckling of FRP laminated plates. The buckling load of an FRP laminated plate depends on a variety of variables, including aspect ratio, thickness of the laminate, fiber orientation of the laminae that make up the laminate, and the boundary condition. These variables were related to the buckling load of laminated plates by analyzing a number of laminated plates using the commercially available ANSYS finite element software. Among other things, it was found that for the analyzed FRP laminated plates simply supported on all edges the optimal fiber orientation of the mat layers was + 45 degrees, but that was not the case for the other boundary conditions.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Austin, Calvin Deoncdast11@pitt.eduCDAST11
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairOyler, John Foyler@engr.pitt.eduOYLER1
Committee MemberEarls, Christopher
Committee MemberLin,
Date: 8 May 2003
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 10 December 2002
Approval Date: 8 May 2003
Submission Date: 17 April 2003
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Degree: MSCE - Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Composites; Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic; FRP; Laminated Plates; Plate Buckling; Symmetric Laminates
Other ID:, etd-04172003-151407
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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