Isogeometric Stress, Vibration and Stability Analysis of In-Plane Laminated Composite Structures

S. Faroughi, E. Shafei, D. Schillinger

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We present a computational study that develops isogeometric analysis based on higher-order smooth NURBS basis functions for the analysis of in-plane laminated composites. Focusing on the stress, vibration and stability analysis of angle-ply and cross-ply 2D structures, we compare the convergence of the strain energy error and selected stress components, eigen-frequencies and buckling loads according to overkill solutions. Our results clearly demonstrate that for in-plane laminated composite structures, isogeometric analysis is able to provide the same accuracy at a significantly reduced number of degrees of freedom with respect to standard C0 finite elements. In particular, we observe that the smoothness of spline basis functions enables high-quality stress solutions, which are superior to the ones obtained with conventional finite elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1850070
JournalInternational Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
D. Schillinger gratefully acknowledges support from the National Science Foundation through grant CISE-1565997 and the NSF CAREER Award No. 1651577.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 World Scientific Publishing Company.


  • Laminated in-plane composites
  • buckling
  • isogeometric analysis
  • vibration


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