The effects of shear on the deflection of linearly loaded composite cantilever beam

Esendemir U.

JOURNAL OF REINFORCED PLASTICS AND COMPOSITES, vol.24, no.11, pp.1159-1168, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


A composite is made of several different things, parts or substances. There has been a rapid growth in the use of fiber-reinforced materials in engineering applications in the last few years. In this paper, two deflection functions due to both flexure and shear of an orthotropic cantilever beam loaded linearly at the upper surface are obtained by means of the anisotropic elasticity theory. The deflections at the free end of the beam are calculated for various orientation angles and lengths. The results obtained for the linearly distributed loaded beams are compared to that of the uniformly distributed loaded beams studied earlier. Shear deflection is the smallest for 45 orientation angle for uniformly and linearly distributed loaded beams.