ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTIVE PROPERTIES OF SMART COMPOSITE AND REINFORCED PLATES
Ravichandran, Ashwin Kumar
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In this thesis, current problems in the usage of composites in a myriad of applications are reviewed. The difficulties in the industry due to absence of data for long-term use of composites are put forward. The method acting as a solution to this issue called the asymptotic homogenization method is established, and the current literature available on this method is further elaborated. Then, the mathematical equations used to predict these long-term properties of the composites are illustrated. Further, parametric inputs are given to those equations, and the variation of the properties along the thickness of the structures is represented. The aim is to calculate effective properties for a myriad of structures with different combinations of material and dimensional parameters to encourage the use of composites more spontaneously. The results are illustrated graphically. Applications are put forth for the structures with resemblance to the behavior and comparison to specific mechanical properties.