Vibration analysis of CNT-reinforced functionally graded rotating cylindrical panels using the element-free kp-Ritz method

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-303
Journal / PublicationComposites Part B: Engineering
Online published19 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015


In this paper, analysis of free vibration of carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced functionally graded rotating cylindrical panels is presented. The analysis is performed by using the element-free kernel particle Ritz method or in short the kp-Ritz method. The rotating cylindrical panels are reinforced by single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with different types of distributions along thickness direction of the panels. Extended rule of mixture is selected to estimate the effective material properties of the resulting nanocomposite rotating panels. Two-dimensional displacement fields of the plates are approximated by a set of mesh-free kernel particle functions. The discretized governing eigen-equations are developed via the Ritz procedure. This kp-Ritz method enforces essential boundary conditions through the full transformation method. Detailed parametric studies have been carried out to reveal the influences of volume fraction of carbon nanotubes, edge-to-radius ratio and rotation speed on the frequency characteristics, with mode shape visualization provided. In addition, effects of different boundary conditions and types of distributions of carbon nanotubes are examined in detail.

Research Area(s)

  • A. Plates, B. Vibration, C. Numerical analysis, Functionally graded materials