Title: Optimisation of free vibration analysis on structural plates of fibre reinforced laminated composites

Authors: D.R. Rajkumar; K.P. Padmanaban; R. Rathan Raj

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, CARE Group of Institutions, Tiruchirapalli, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, RVS Group of Institutions, Dindigul, India ' Department of Civil Engineering, Salalah College of Technology, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman

Abstract: The present work deals with optimisation of free vibration of fibre reinforced composite rectangular plates. In this investigation, Eglass/epoxy and Jute/epoxy rectangular plates were fabricated using hand lay-up technique. Experimental mechanical testing was done as per ASTM standard for the plates and elastic properties such as Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and shear modulus were carefully calculated from the test data. For the same specimens, elastic properties were derived using analytical method by rule of mixture and Chamis model. These data were fed into finite element analysis in ANSYS software to find the natural frequencies and mode shapes. Finite element analysis as the result of experimental mechanical testing and analytical model for both plates were compared and dynamic characteristics were discussed elaborately. The effects on aspect ratio (a/b = 3.75, 7.5) for both plates on natural frequency were studied experimentally using hammer method. Finally the cause for the difference in natural frequency and mode shapes were justified with available data.

Keywords: vibration analysis; finite element analysis; glass/epoxy composite; jute/epoxy composite; optimisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRAPIDM.2019.097026

International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, 2019 Vol.8 No.1/2, pp.65 - 76

Received: 23 May 2018
Accepted: 13 Jul 2018

Published online: 14 Dec 2018 *

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