Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 799–814 | Cite as

Optimization of Extension-Shear Coupled Laminates Based on the Differential Evolution Algorithm

  • D. CuiEmail author
  • D. K. Li

The buckling strength is an important index in the design process of composite extension-shear coupled laminates. In this paper, the differential evolution algorithm, combined with a penalty function, is adopted to solve extension-shear coupled laminates with a single coupled effect. The extension-shear coupled effect and the buckling strength of the laminates are optimized by single-objective and multiobjective solutions, and the global optimal solution and Pareto front, respectively, are obtained. Results are presented for laminates consisting of 8-14 plies of an IM7/8552-type composite material, and the hygrothermal effect, extension-shear coupled effect, and buckling strength are simulated and verified.


composite laminates differential evolutionary algorithm Pareto front buckling strength hygrothermal effect extension-shear coupled effect 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11472003).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Aerospace Science and EngineeringNational University of Defense TechnologyChangshaChina

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