Indexed on: 10 Mar '17Published on: 22 Feb '17Published in: Composite Structures
Buckling of composite plates with linearly varying in-plane loads has been studied. Loaded edges are assumed as simply supported and the remaining ones are arbitrary. First order and third order shear deformation plate theories are used in the formulation of the problem. Ritz method has been utilized with simple polynomials in displacement field. By modifying displacement field components, the continuity of transverse stresses is satisfied among the layers of cross-ply symmetric lay-up composite plates. Results are obtained for different material, geometrical properties and loading conditions.