Puja Basu Chaudhuri, Anirban Mitra and Sarmila Sahoo
This article deals with finite element method for the analysis of antisymmetric angle-ply laminated composite hypar shells (hyperbolic paraboloid bounded by straight edges) that applies an eight-noded isoparametric shell element and a three-noded beam element to study the mode-frequency analysis of stiffened shell with cutout. Two-, 4-, and 10-layered antisymmetric angle-ply laminations with different lamination angles are considered. Among these, 10-layer antisymmetric angle-ply shells are considered for elaborate study. The shells have different boundary conditions along its four edges. The formulation is based on the first-order shear deformation theory. The reduced method of eigen value solution is chosen for the undamped free vibration analysis. The first five modes of natural frequency are presented. The numerical studies are conducted to determine the effects of width-to-thickness ratio (b/h), degree of orthotropy (E11/E22), and fiber orientation angle (θ) on the nondimensional natural frequency. The results reveal that free vibration behavior mainly depends on the number of boundary constraints rather than other parametric variations such as change in fiber orientation angle and increase in degree of orthotropy and width-to-thickness ratio.