Postbuckling of axially loaded functionally graded cylindrical panels with piezoelectric actuators in thermal environments

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)982-995
Journal / PublicationJournal of Engineering Mechanics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


A compressive postbuckling analysis is presented for a functionally graded cylindrical panel with piezoelectric actuators subjected to the combined action of mechanical, electrical, and thermal loads. The temperature field considered is assumed to be of uniform distribution over the panel surface and through the panel thickness and the electric field considers only the transverse component Ez. The material properties of the presently considered functionally graded materials (FGMs) are assumed to be temperature-dependent, and graded in the thickness direction according to a simple power law distribution in terms of the volume fractions of the constituents, whereas the material properties of the piezoelectric layers are assumed to be independent of the temperature and the electric field. The governing equations are based on a higher-order shear deformation theory with a von Kármán-Donnell-type of kinematic nonlinearity. A boundary layer theory for shell buckling is extended to the case of hybrid FGM cylindrical panels of finite length. The nonlinear prebuckling deformations and initial geometric imperfections of the panel are both taken into account. A singular perturbation technique is employed to determine the buckling loads and postbuckling equilibrium paths. The numerical illustrations concern the compressive postbuckling behavior of perfect and imperfect FGM cylindrical panels with fully covered piezoelectric actuators, under different sets of thermal and electrical loading conditions. The effects due to temperature rise, volume fraction distribution, applied voltages, panel geometric parameters, in-plane boundary conditions, as well as initial geometric imperfections are studied. © ASCE.