Buckling analysis of functionally graded carbon nanotube-reinforced composite plates using the element-free kp-Ritz method

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-168
Journal / PublicationComposite Structures
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


This paper presents the buckling analysis of functionally graded carbon nanotube-reinforced composite (FG-CNTRC) plates under various in-plane mechanical loads, using the element-free kp-Ritz method. The first-order shear deformation plate theory is applied and a set of mesh-free kernel particle functions are used to approximate two-dimensional displacement fields. Effective properties of materials of the plates reinforced by single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are estimated through a micromechanical model based on either the Eshelby-Mori-Tanaka approach or the extended rule of mixture. Comparison study and numerical simulations with various parameters are conducted to assess efficacy and accuracy of the present method for analysis of buckling of SWCNT-reinforced composite plates. Results demonstrate that the change of carbon nanotube volume fraction, plate width-to-thickness ratio, plate aspect ratio, loading condition and temperature have pronounced effects on buckling strength of CNTRC plates as well as the boundary condition. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Buckling, Carbon nanotube, Composite plate, First-order shear deformation plate theory, Mesh-free method