A fuzzy approach to fiber-reinforced composite material mechanics

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Fiber-reinforced composite materials have been used very widely and have emerged as a major class of structural materials in recent years and are either used or being considered as substitutes for metals in many weight-critical components in aerospace and other industries. In most practical applications the material parameters vary considerably and are subject to uncertainties, mainly due to the uncontrollable aspects associated with the manufacturing process. The probabilistic methods cannot be applied easily since the probability distributions of the uncertain parameters are not known. Also, in some situations, the parameters of a composite material are known only in linguistic form. Hence fuzzy concepts are introduced in this work to model the uncertainties encountered in composite material mechanics, which may be described in linguistic terms or in imprecise form as fuzzy parameters. Numerical examples are given to demonstrate the feasibility and applicability of the approach presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2016-2025
Number of pages10
JournalCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
StatePublished - 2003
Event44th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference - Norfolk, VA, United States
Duration: Apr 7 2003Apr 10 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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