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Free Vibration Analysis Of Layered Beams With Delamination Damage-An ANSYS®-Based FEM Investigation

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posted on 22.05.2021, 15:12 authored by Anahita R. Ghorbanzad
Identifying delamination has been a focal point for many researchers. The reason for this interest arises from criticality of delamination in a variety of industries: automotive, aerospace, and construction. Therefore, vibration-based damage identification method is applied to detect, locate and characterize the damage in a mechanical structure. In this method, natural frequency as a diagnostic tool to determine the integrity of a structure has been utilized. The current research presents a FEM-based investigation into free vibrational analysis of defective layered beams with free mode delamination. It is shown that the size, type and location of delamination directly influence system non-dimensional frequencies. Based on an existing 1D model, the investigation is extended to 2D modelling for single-and-double-delamination cases. In each case, Fixed-Fixed and cantilevered beam configurations, both centred and off-centred delamination conditions are studied. Further, a 3D model is also developed for single delamination of a Fixed-Fixed beam. All simulation results show excellent agreement with the data available in the literature. The ANSYS ® FEM-based modelling approach presented here is general and accurately predicts delamination effects on the frequency response of beam structures.





Master of Science


Aerospace Engineering

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type


Thesis Advisor

Seyed M. Hashemi