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    Mechanics of Composite Materials: Orthotropic Lamina

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    Question 4: An orthotropic lamina with a fiber orientation of 45 degrees is subjected to stresses sigma_x = 0, sigma_y > 0, and tau_xy.

    Determine the failure envelope and the non-failure region in the sigma_y - tau_xy plane using Tsai-Hill theory for the following cases:

    i) tau_xy > 0
    ii) tau_xy < 0

    Take y axis as sigma_y and x axis as tau_xy.

    DATA

    sigma_1T = 250 MPa
    sigma_1C = 200 MPa
    sigma_2T = 20 MPa
    sigma_2C = 40 MPa
    tau_12 = 10 MPa

    Question 5: A unidirectional lamina with a fibre orientation of 0 degrees is subjected to stresses sigma_1 and sigma_2 in the 1 (fibre) and 2 (transverse) directions as well as a shear stress of tau_12 = 25 MPa. Determine the non-failure region in the sigma_1 - sigma_2 plane using Tsai-Hill criterion.

    Note that sigma_1 and sigma_2 can be tensile or compressive.

    DATA

    sigma_1T = 250 MPA
    sigma_1C = 150 MPa
    sigma_2T = 30 MPa
    sigma_2C = 90 MPa
    tau_12 = 50 MPa

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    Problem 1: (Question 4)

    An orthotropic lamina with a fiber orientation of 45 is subjected to stresses
    x = 0, y > 0 and xy.

    Determine the failure envelope and the non-failure region in the y - xy plane using Tsai-Hill theory for following cases:
    i) xy > 0
    ii) xy < 0

    Take (y) axis as y and (x) axis as xy .

    Data:

    Solution:
    Since the ultimate properties of material are given with respect to the main directions (along the fibers and transversally), we need to find out the actual stresses in a frame reference oriented accordingly:

    By rotating a reference frame in a 2D stress state by angle (), the new values of stresses are given by:
    ( 1)
    ( 2)
    ( 3)
    In our problem, the x stresses are missing, so that the above formulae become simpler:
    ( 4)
    ( 5)
    ( 6)
    For  = 45 we will have:
    ( 7)
    ( 8)
    ( 9)
    where subscript [ ]1 indicates properties along fibers and [ ]2 indicates properties transverse to fibers.

    The Tsai-Hill criterion tells that:
    ( 10)
    Now, we need to replace the terms in above equation with (7), (8) and (9) and ultimate strength data, upon each ...

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