Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering


College of Engineering


Sthanu Mahadev

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor College

College of Engineering


Accurate mechanical analysis of composite structures is necessary for the prediction of laminate behavior. Cylindrical composite tubes are a mainstay in many structural applications. The fundamental design of circular composite cross-sections necessitates the development of a comprehensive composite lamination theory. A new analytical method is developed to characterize the behavior of thin-walled composite cylindrical tubes using a modified plate theory. A generated numerical solver can predict properties such as axial stiffness, bending stiffness, layer stresses, and layer strains in composite tubes subjected to combined mechanical loading and thermal effects. The model accounts for the curvature by transforming and translating the material in-plane lamina properties over a global reference coordinate system. A MATLAB-based solver is used to determine the lamina stiffness and stress outcomes with adjustable parameters, including elastic material properties, thermal coefficients, tubing radius, the orientation of fibers, and the ply stacking sequence. The results are then validated using a FE model developed in ABAQUS using a simple quadrature S4R element type. Parametric case studies confirm the validity of the analytical model by accounting for different ply orientations, stacking sequence, and thermal, mechanical loading.