Thermomechanical postbuckling analysis of moderately thick functionally graded plates and shallow shells

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147-1171
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


In this paper, an analytical solution is provided for the postbuckling behaviour of moderately thick plates and shallow shells made of functionally graded materials (FGMs) under edge compressive loads and a temperature field. The material properties of the functionally graded shells are assumed to vary continuously through the thickness of the shell, according to a power law distribution of the volume fraction of the constituents. The fundamental equations for moderately thick rectangular shallow shells of FGM are obtained using the von Karman theory for large transverse deflection and high-order shear deformation theory for moderately thick plates. The solution is obtained in terms of mixed Fourier series and the obtained results are compared with those of the Reissner-Mindlin's theory for moderately thick plates and the classical theory ignoring transverse shear deformation. The effect of material properties, boundary conditions and thermomechanical loading on the buckling behaviour and the associated stress field are determined and discussed. The results reveal that thermomechanical coupling effects and the boundary conditions play a major role in dictating the response of the functionally graded plates and shells under the action of edge compressive loads. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Functionally graded material, High-order shear deformation theory, Moderately thick plates and shallow cylindrical shells, Thermomechanical postbuckling analysis