Isogeometric approach for buckling analysis of CNT-reinforced composite skew plates under optimal CNT-orientation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-384
Journal / PublicationComposite Structures
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


This paper presents a first know study of the effect of orientation angle of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), embedded in a single-ply polymer-based CNT-reinforced composite, on buckling behavior of skew plates using an isogeometric analysis. The plate model is based on Reddy's higher-order shear deformation theory (HSDT). Four in-plane loading conditions together with simply supported and cantilevered boundary conditions have been considered. The optimum CNT fiber orientations for CNT-reinforced composite rhombic plates with varying skew angles and boundary conditions are presented. Moreover, the effect of width-to-thickness ratio on optimum CNT orientation is explored. The results show that the efficiency of the skew plate structures can be significantly improved by simply placing the CNTs in the correct orientation.

Research Area(s)

  • Buckling, Carbon nanotube, Composite, Isogeometric method, Reddy's third-order shear deformation theory