Numerical formulations of the Koiter theory allow the efficient prediction, through a reduced model, of the behavior of shell structures when failure is dominated by buckling. In this work, we propose an isogeometric version of the method based on a solid-shell model. A NURBS interpolation is employed on the middle surface of the shell to accurately describe the geometry and the high continuity typical of the displacement field in buckling problems and to directly link the CAD model to the structural one. A linear interpolation is then adopted through the thickness together with a modified generalized constitutive matrix, which allows us to easily eliminate thickness locking and model multi-layered composites. Reduced integration schemes, which take into account the continuity of the shape functions, are used to avoid interpolation locking and make the integration faster. A Mixed Integration Point strategy makes it possible to transform the displacement model into a mixed (stress–displacement) one, required by the Koiter method to obtain accurate predictions, without introducing stress interpolation functions. The result is an efficient numerical tool for buckling and initial post-buckling analysis of composite shells, characterized by a low number of DOFs and integration points and by a simple and quick construction of the reduced model.

An isogeometric formulation of the Koiter's theory for buckling and initial post-buckling analysis of composite shells

Leonetti, Leonardo
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Magisano, Domenico
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Liguori, Francesco
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Garcea, Giovanni
Conceptualization
2018

Abstract

Numerical formulations of the Koiter theory allow the efficient prediction, through a reduced model, of the behavior of shell structures when failure is dominated by buckling. In this work, we propose an isogeometric version of the method based on a solid-shell model. A NURBS interpolation is employed on the middle surface of the shell to accurately describe the geometry and the high continuity typical of the displacement field in buckling problems and to directly link the CAD model to the structural one. A linear interpolation is then adopted through the thickness together with a modified generalized constitutive matrix, which allows us to easily eliminate thickness locking and model multi-layered composites. Reduced integration schemes, which take into account the continuity of the shape functions, are used to avoid interpolation locking and make the integration faster. A Mixed Integration Point strategy makes it possible to transform the displacement model into a mixed (stress–displacement) one, required by the Koiter method to obtain accurate predictions, without introducing stress interpolation functions. The result is an efficient numerical tool for buckling and initial post-buckling analysis of composite shells, characterized by a low number of DOFs and integration points and by a simple and quick construction of the reduced model.
Composite shells; Geometric nonlinearities; Isogeometric analysis; MIP; Reduced integration; Computational Mechanics; Mechanics of Materials; Mechanical Engineering; Physics and Astronomy (all); Computer Science Applications1707 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
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