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Title: A technique for optimally designing fibre-reinforced laminated plates under in-plane loads for minimum weight with manufacturing uncertainties accounted for
Authors: Walker, Mark 
Hamilton, Ryan Jason 
Keywords: Methodology;Manufacturing uncertainty;Optimal design;Fibre-reinforced laminates;Minimum mass
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Springer
A procedure to design symmetrically laminated plates under buckling loads for minimum mass with manufacturing uncertainty in the ply angle, which is the design variable, is described. A minimum buckling load capacity is the design constraint implemented. The effects of bending–twisting coupling are neglected in implementing the procedure, and the golden section method is used as the search technique, but the methodology is flexible enough to allow any appropriate problem formulation and search algorithm to be substituted. Three different tolerance scenarios are used for the purposes of illustrating the methodology, and plates with varying aspect ratios and loading ratios are optimally designed and compared.
Originally published in: Engineering with computers, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2006.
Rights: The electronic version of the article published in Engineering with computers 2006, 21(4): 282-288 © 2006 copyright Springer. Engineering with computers available online at:
Appears in Collections:Research Publications (Engineering and Built Environment)

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