Experimental and Theoretical Investigation on Bistable Symmetric Shells Built by Locally Nanostructuring Isotropic Rectangular Plates

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1950141
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics
Volume19
Issue number11
Online published4 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Abstract

A new bistable shell with two symmetric configurations is proposed by using the nanotechnology, surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT), to locally treat a rectangular region. The impacts from randomly fast moving balls during the process induce nanotwins and mesh material grains into nanoscale on originally flat plates, which largely increase the material's yield strength and elastic deformation capacity. Also, the plastic deformations accumulated from thousands of impacts may stretch the plate under the constraint from the untreated region, while inducing internal compressive forces in the processed region. The experiments show that, when the accumulated plastic deformations are large enough, the locally nanostructured plate may buckle transversely by the internal forces to hold two different stable configurations, resulting in the bistable feature. An analytical model is developed to predict the stable configurations, which is numerically verified and experimentally validated. The parameters, including the SMAT region, plate dimensions, and SMAT process, to design the stable configurations of the bistable shells are systematically studied experimentally, analytically, and numerically.

Research Area(s)

  • bistable shell, buckling, Plastic deformation, residual stress, stability

Citation Format(s)

Experimental and Theoretical Investigation on Bistable Symmetric Shells Built by Locally Nanostructuring Isotropic Rectangular Plates. / Yi, Shenghui; He, Xiaoqiao; Lu, Jian.

In: International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, Vol. 19, No. 11, 1950141, 11.2019.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal