Thermomechanical effects of intense thermal heating on materials/structures

C. I. Chang, C. A. Griffis, F. R. Stonesifer, J. A. Nemes

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An analytical methodology for prediction of the response of metallic and composite structures subjected to combined intense heating and applied mechanical loading is presented. The proposed methodology includes a thermal analysis that incorporates nonlinear phenomena such as temperature-dependent thermophysical properties, re-irradiation losses, and ablation/melting phenomena. A detailed description of a sequential, finite-element, ply-by-ply failure analysis based on the maximum stress criterion is given for composite structures as well as a limit analysis approach for metallic structures. Computational projections are substantiated by experimental measurements for an aerospace aluminum alloy and a graphite epoxy plate specimen exposed to simultaneous intense heating and applied tensile loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of thermophysics and heat transfer
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Space and Planetary Science


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