The mechanics of composite corrugated structures: A review with applications in morphing aircraft

I. Dayyani, A.D. Shaw, Saavedra Flores, M.I. Friswell

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    Corrugation has long been seen as a simple and effective means of forming lightweight structures with high anisotropic behaviour, stability under buckling load and energy absorption capability. This has been exploited in diverse industrial applications and academic research. In recent years, there have been numerous innovative developments to corrugated structures, involving more elaborate and ingenious corrugation geometries and combination of corrugations with advanced materials. This development has been largely led by the research interest in morphing structures, which seek to exploit the extreme anisotropy of a corrugated panel, using the flexible degrees of freedom to allow a structure’s shape to change, whilst bearing load in other degrees of freedom. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the literature on corrugated structures, with applications ranging from traditional engineering structures such as corrugated steel beams through to morphing aircraft wing structures. As such it provides an important reference for researchers to have a broad but succinct perception of the mechanical behaviour of these structures. Such a perception is highly required in the multidisciplinary design of corrugated structures for the application in morphing aircraft.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)358-380
    JournalComposite Structures
    Issue numberDecember
    Early online date26 Jul 2015
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

    Bibliographical note

    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Composite Structures. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Composite Structures, [133, December, (2015)] DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.07.099

    © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


    • Corrugation
    • Composites
    • Morphing


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