Aeroelasticity of composite plates with curvilinear fibres in supersonic flow
The target of this investigation is to understand the aeroelastic (dynamic or static) instability of variable stiffness composite laminates (VSCLs) in the presence of supersonic airflow. The studied VSCLs have curvilinear fibre paths. Two different types of VSCLs are considered: the first type (already adopted in several previous researches) includes fibre path angles changing linearly from T 1 at right and left edges to T 0 at the centre, and the second type (not introduced before) includes fibre paths where their angles change linearly from T 0 at the left edge to T 1 at the right edge. Displacements and rotations in the plate are modelled by a Third-order Shear Deformation Theory (TSDT) and are discretised by a p-version finite element model. Aerodynamic forces due to supersonic airflow, in the steady or unsteady regime, are modelled using linear Piston theory and the equations of motion of the self-excited vibration system are formed using the principle of virtual work. Dynamic (flutter) and static (divergence) instabilities are identified using the eigenvalues of the linear system. Effects of different boundary conditions and various fibre angles as well as the influence of airflow direction on the flutter and divergence occurrence in VSCL plates are studied.