Optimisation of stiffened panels using finite strip models. The key features of the finite strip buckling analysis program VICONOPT are described. A bi-level strategy, for the efficient optimum design of composite stiffened panels is also presented. Panel level optimization finds a minimum weight cross-sectional geometry based on a substitution of equivalent orthotropic plates for laminated plates. Optimization at the laminate level finds stacking sequences satisfying laminate design rules using either manual selection or a genetic algorithm. VICONOPT models are validated with ABAQUS finite element models, and with experimental compressive testing of two blade-stiffened panels. The buckling and postbuckling behaviour of the two panels, with initial buckling in the stiffeners and skin, respectively, is investigated in a high load and high strain range. The bi-level strategy is evaluated by design of a Z-stiffened example, which has been manufactured and tested, and also by design of a wing cover panel which is subject to compression and lateral pressure. The optimum wing panel, considering a variety of stiffener shapes, is 17% lighter than an existing datum design.

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