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Computer Aided Design Environment for Composites (CADEC) 14.1.6392.14245

Software Support for Introduction to Composite Materials Design-- 2nd Edition, CRC (2011) by Ever J. Barbero

CADEC -- Thin Walled Beams

Beams and columns are structural members that carry bending and axial loads, respectively. Both have one dimension (the length) much larger than the other two dimensions (width and height.) If they carry tensile loads, they are called rods or tendons. If they carry torque they are called shafts. Combinations of the above are common. We us the term beams as a catch all for all of the above mentioned structural elements. Composite beans are thin-walled and composed of an assembly of flat panels due to several reasons, as it is explained in the textbook. CADEC includes the classical theory of thin-walled beams but extended for beams built up with panels made of laminated composites, which is described in: Massa, J. and Barbero E. J., A Strength of Materials Formulation for Thin Walled Composite Beams with Torsion, Journal of Composite Materials, 32(17), 1560-1594 (1998).

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