Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 231–242 | Cite as

Investigation of free vibrations of composite beams by using the finite-difference method

  • K. S. Numayr
  • M. A. Haddad
  • A. F. Ayoub


The free-vibration behavior of symmetrically laminated fiber-reinforced composite beams with different boundary conditions is examined. The effects of shear deformation and rotary inertia, separately and/or in combination, on the free-vibration properties of the beams are investigated. The finite-difference method is used to solve the partial differential equations describing the free-vibration motion in each case. The effect of shear deformation on the natural frequencies is considerable, especially for higher frequencies, whereas the influence of rotary inertia is less significant. The study includes comparisons with results available in the literature. In addition, the impact of such factors as the span/depth ratio, fiber orientation, stacking sequence, and material type on free vibrations of the composite beams is investigated.


beams laminates composite materials free vibration natural frequency modal shape shear deformation rotary inertia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. S. Numayr
    • 1
  • M. A. Haddad
    • 1
  • A. F. Ayoub
    • 1
  1. 1.Civil Engineering Department JordanUniversity of Science and TechnologyIrbidJordan

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