Modeling of macro fiber composite actuated laminate plates and aerofoils

Peter Thomas, Angela Carmen Blazquez Calzada, Kevin Gilmour

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This article investigates the modeling of macro fiber composite-actuated laminate plates with distributed actuator patches. The investigation details an analytical and finite element modeling, with experimental validation of the bending strain and deflection of an epoxy E-glass fiber composite laminate. An analytical approach is also developed to estimate the plate deflection from the experimental strain measurements. The analytical method uses direct integration of single dimensional plate bending moments obtained by strain-induced shear moments from the macro fiber composite actuators. Finite element analysis software was used with the composite laminate modeled in ANSYS ACP. The results from both analytical and numerical models show good agreement with the experimental results, with strain values agreeing within 20 ppm and the maximum difference in deflection not exceeding 0.1 mm between models. Finally, an application of the analytical model for developing morphing aerofoil designs is demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-549
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Issue number4
Early online date16 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Macro fiber composite
  • composite laminate
  • finite element analysis
  • morphing aerofoil


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