Nonlinear Response of Piezoelectric Nanocomposite Plates : Large Deflection, Post-Buckling and Large Amplitude Vibration

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1550074
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Applied Mechanics
Issue number5
Online published20 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


This paper deals with nonlinear response of smart two-phase nanocomposite plates with surface-bonded piezoelectric layers under a combined mechanical, thermal and electrical loading. The governing equations of the carbon nanotube reinforced composite plate are derived based on first order shear deformation plate theory (FSDT) and von Kármán geometric nonlinearity. The material properties of the nanocomposite host are assumed to be graded in the thickness direction. The single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are assumed aligned, straight and a uniform layout. The Galerkin method is employed to derive the nonlinear governing equations of the problem. A perturbation scheme is employed to determine the nonlinear vibration response and the nonlinear natural frequencies of the plates with immovable simply supported boundary conditions. Post-buckling load-deflection and maximum transverse load-deflection relations have been obtained for the plate under consideration. The effects of the applied voltage, temperature change, plate geometry, and the volume fraction and distribution pattern of the SWCNTs on the linear and nonlinear natural frequencies of the smart two-phase composite plates are investigated through a detailed parametric study.

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  • carbon nanotubes-reinforced polymer, large amplitude free vibration, nanocomposite plate, Nonlinear response, piezoelectric material, post-buckling

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