Free vibration analysis of sandwich cylindrical panel with functionally graded core using three-dimensional theory of elasticity

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Journal / PublicationComposite Structures
Issue number1
Online published12 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


This paper presents an exact three-dimensional free vibration solution for sandwich cylindrical panels with functionally graded core. Material properties of the FGM core are assumed to be graded in the radial direction, according to a simple power-law distribution in terms of volume fractions of the constituents. Poisson's ratio is assumed to be constant. The governing equation of motions is formulated based on the 3D-theory of elasticity and displacement fields are expanded in Fourier series along the in-plane coordinates which satisfy the simply supported edges boundary conditions. The state space technique is used to obtain natural frequencies analytically. Accuracy and convergence of the present approach are examined by comparing the analytical results with the existing values in literature. The parametric study is carried out to discuss the effects of gradient index, geometrical properties such as span angle, facing layers thickness and axial length to mid radius ratio on the frequency behavior of the sandwich panel. The obtained exact solution shows that the FGM core has significant effects on the vibration behavior of sandwich cylindrical panel. This fist known exact solution serves as a benchmark for assessing the validity of numerical methods or two-dimensional theories used to analyses of sandwich cylindrical panels. © 2014.

Research Area(s)

  • 3D elasticity, FGM, Free vibration, Sandwich panel, State space