# Buckling analysis of laminated composite thin-walled I-beam under mechanical and thermal loads

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https://doi.org/10.15625/0866-7136/17956## Keywords:

thin-walled beam, thermal buckling, buckling analysis, series solution## Abstract

Despite the extensive use of thin-walled structures, the studies on their behaviours when exposed to extreme thermal environment are relatively scarce. Therefore, this paper aims to present the buckling analysis of thin-walled composite I-beams under thermo-mechanical loads. The thermal effects are investigated for the case of studied beams undergoing a uniform temperature rise through their thickness. The theory is based on the first-order shear deformation thin-walled beam theory with linear variation of displacements in the wall thickness. The governing equations of motion are derived from Hamilton's principle and are solved by series-type solutions with hybrid shape functions. Numerical results are presented to investigate the effects of fibre angle, material distribution, span-to-height's ratio and shear deformation on the critical buckling load and temperature rise. These results for several cases are verified with available references to demonstrate the present beam model’s accuracy.

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