Exact solutions of functionally graded piezoelectric shells under cylindrical bending

Chih Ping Wu, Yun Siang Syu

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Within a framework of the three-dimensional (3D) piezoelectricity, we present asymptotic formulations of functionally graded (FG) piezoelectric cylindrical shells under cylindrical bending type of electromechanical loads using the method of perturbation. Without loss of generality, the material properties are regarded to be heterogeneous through the thickness coordinate. Afterwards, they are further specified to be constants in single-layer homogeneous shells and to obey an identical exponent-law in FG shells. The transverse normal load and normal electric displacement (or electric potential) are, respectively, applied on the lateral surfaces of the shells. The cylindrical shells are considered to be fully simple supports at the edges in the circumferential direction and with a large value of length in the axial direction. The present asymptotic formulations are applied to several benchmark problems. The coupled electro-elastic effect on the structural behavior of FG piezoelectric shells is evaluated. The influence of the material property gradient index on the variables of electric and mechanical fields is studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6450-6472
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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