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Mechanics of Composite Structures by George S. Springer, László P. Kollár

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CHAPTER SIX

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Beams

The response of composite beams to loading is more complex than that of isotropic beams, and the analyses of composite beams must take these complexities into account. This requires analyses that are, by necessity, more involved than for isotropic beams but which, nonetheless, result in expressions readily amenable to numerical computations.

In this chapter we treat rectangular solid cross sections as well as thin-walled beams that undergo small deformations and in which the material behaves in a linearly elastic manner. We neglect shear deformations and adopt the Bernoulli– Navier hypothesis, according to which the originally ...

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