Verification study on buckling behaviour of composite cylinder with eccentric supports

Kaspars Kalnins, Oļǵerts Ozoliņš, Mariano A. Arbelo, Richard Degenhardt, Saullo G.P. Castro

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Imperfection sensitive structures such as unstiffened or skin-dominant shell structures are commonly used for aeronautic and aerospace applications. Cylindrical shells are dominating satellite launcher structures and a reliable methodology to calculate their behaviour in the early stages of design is fundamental to achieve optimum results. Launcher design requires fast and precise prediction of structural weight as well its weight distribution already in the early design phase, because in that phase different concepts of the whole launcher system have to be evaluated in order to identify the optimal one. The prediction has to be precise, because less reliable ones might lead to basic changes, later in the detailed design phase, which might also influence the design of the whole system. Such changes in later design phases are extremely costly in terms of time and money; they definitely have to be avoided. The dimensioning criterion with the design of launcher structures is buckling not before ultimate load, thus they do not have an exploitable post-buckling area. The most critical aspect for numerical buckling prediction is the structure's sensitivity to geometric and loading imperfections. Currently, imperfection sensitive shell structures prone to buckling are designed according to the NASA SP-8007 guideline [1], from 1968, using its conservative lower bound curve. In this guideline the structural behaviour of composite materials is not appropriately considered, since the imperfection sensitivity and the buckling load of shells made of such materials depend on the lay-up design. There is no specific design guideline for imperfection sensitive composite structures prone to buckling. NASA performed high investments for the last 5 years with one project called "Shell Buckling Knock-down Factor" (SBKF) in order to develop a new guideline to calculate the knock-down factor of cylindrical shells prone to buckling [2], and also the European project DESICOS [3] (New Robust DESign Guideline for Imperfection Sensitive Composite Launcher Structures) is working on new methodologies to estimate the ultimate load of such structures. An example of applicability of these new design guidelines could be the next generation of the European launchers family "Ariane" in order to maintain the actual position in the satellite launchers market [4].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication54th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences 2014
PublisherTechnion Israel Institute of Technology
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781632662651
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event54th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences, IACAS 2014 - Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Haifa, Israel
Duration: 19 Feb 201420 Feb 2014


Conference54th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences, IACAS 2014
CityTel-Aviv and Haifa


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