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The alleviation of post-buckled displacements and non-linear stresses within laminated plates using SMA actuators

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Restoration forces, associated with embedded activated pre-strained shape memory alloy wires, have successfully been employed to enhance the post-buckling behaviour of various laminated plate structures. An extensive experimental and numerical programme has been conducted, of which, results will be presented. The manufacturing methodology of the hybrid SMA/carbon/epoxy plates is outlined. Such specimens feature 0.4 mm diameter shape memory alloy wires located within tubing at desired locations. Numerical thermal analysis has been employed to predict the non-uniform temperature profile, attributed to shape memory alloy activation through resistive heating, within the laminates. Structural finite element analysis has been employed to determine the hybrid plates adaptive response while under the influence of the uniaxial compressive load, in excess of its critical buckling value. It is shown that, utilizing the considerable control authority generated, even for a small actuator volume fraction, the out-of-plane displacement of the post-buckled laminates can be significantly reduced. Such displacement alleviation allows for the load redistribution away from the specimens unloaded edges. With the increase in use of composite materials within aerospace platforms, it is envisaged that the hybrid adaptive SMA/laminate configuration will extend the operational performance over conventional materials and structures, particularly when the structure is exposed to an elevated temperature.
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  • Structures & Materials Technology Group,Cranfield College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University, Bedford, MK43 0AL, UNITED KINGDOM
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