Engineering oriented formulation for laminate lay-up optimization

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The concept of elementary laminates is used to formulate the design problem for a
laminated composite structure. A parameterized laminate is divided into stacks with periodic patterns of elementary laminates. With elementary laminates desired regularity for the laminate lay-ups is achieved, which is practical for multi-layer laminates. Due to the reduced design space solution time can be considerably reduced. Two laminate lay-up formulation concepts are presented and their performance is evaluated. The design problem used as a reference case involved the optimization of the stacking sequences to maximize plate buckling loads using a genetic algorithm.
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