The stiffness-tailoring capability of Variable Angle Tow (VAT) laminates gives enhanced freedom to design thin-walled structures. One key advantage of tow steering is the ability to redistribute stresses improving buckling performance, leading to reduction in material weight and costs. The aim of this work is to optimise the initial postbuckling behaviour of a recently proposed VAT composite wingbox. The optimisation process is based on a fibre path parameterisation. It involves seeking the stacking sequence that minimises the displacements occurring in the postbuckling regime. This problem is solved by coupling the multi-modal Koiter asymptotic approach implemented with a solid-shell Finite Element environment through stochastic optimisation strategies. Results obtained regarding different optimisation scenarios show a much improved performance for the buckling and postbuckling response of the wingbox with respect to the initial VAT design. Additionally, manufacturing constraints are readily included in the optimisation program. The possibility of performing an efficient and robust optimisation process of a complex structure with a multi-modal Koiter asymptotic approach is demonstrated, showing its viability as a design tool for buckling dominated structures. A parametric study regarding the influence of steering radii shows that overcoming the current manufacturing constraint on minimum radius is worthy of investigation.

Postbuckling optimisation of a variable angle tow composite wingbox using a multi-modal Koiter approach

Liguori, Francesco S.
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ZUCCO, GIOVANNI;Madeo, Antonio;Magisano, Domenico;Leonetti, Leonardo;Garcea, Giovanni;
2019

Abstract

The stiffness-tailoring capability of Variable Angle Tow (VAT) laminates gives enhanced freedom to design thin-walled structures. One key advantage of tow steering is the ability to redistribute stresses improving buckling performance, leading to reduction in material weight and costs. The aim of this work is to optimise the initial postbuckling behaviour of a recently proposed VAT composite wingbox. The optimisation process is based on a fibre path parameterisation. It involves seeking the stacking sequence that minimises the displacements occurring in the postbuckling regime. This problem is solved by coupling the multi-modal Koiter asymptotic approach implemented with a solid-shell Finite Element environment through stochastic optimisation strategies. Results obtained regarding different optimisation scenarios show a much improved performance for the buckling and postbuckling response of the wingbox with respect to the initial VAT design. Additionally, manufacturing constraints are readily included in the optimisation program. The possibility of performing an efficient and robust optimisation process of a complex structure with a multi-modal Koiter asymptotic approach is demonstrated, showing its viability as a design tool for buckling dominated structures. A parametric study regarding the influence of steering radii shows that overcoming the current manufacturing constraint on minimum radius is worthy of investigation.
Finite element method; Koiter method; Postbuckling optimisation; Variable angle tow laminates; Wingbox; Civil and Structural Engineering; Building and Construction; Mechanical Engineering
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