Published in Composite Structures, Vol. 94 (3), pp. 1087-1096, 2012
This paper presents a research work on stacking sequence design optimisation for multilayered composite plate using a parallel/distributed evolutionary algorithm. The stacking sequence of fibres has a dramatic influence on the strength of multilayered composite plates. Multiple layers of fibre-reinforced material systems offer versatility in engineering material design due to the fact that the stacking sequence of each orthotropic layer can offer full advantage of superior mechanical properties. Numerical results show that the optimal composite structures have lower weight, higher stiffness and also affordable cost when compared to the extreme and intermediate composite structures. In addition, the benefits of using a parallel optimisation system are also presented.
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