Analysis of the thermal stress behaviour of functionally graded hollow circular cylinders

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2355-2380
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003


This paper presents an analysis of the thermomechanical behavior of hollow circular cylinders of functionally graded material (FGM). The solutions are obtained by a novel limiting process that employs the solutions of homogeneous hollow circular cylinders, with no recourse to the basic theory or the equations of non-homogeneous thermoelasticity. Several numerical cases are studied, and conclusions are drawn regarding the general properties of thermal stresses in the FGM cylinder. We conclude that thermal stresses necessarily occur in the FGM cylinder, except in the trivial case of zero temperature. While heat resistance may be improved by sagaciously designing the material composition, careful attention must be paid to the fact that thermal stresses in the FGM cylinder are governed by more factors than are its homogeneous counterparts. The results that are presented here will serve as benchmarks for future related work. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Elasticity solution, Functionally graded material, Hollow circular cylinder, Thermal stress