Three-dimensional solutions of functionally graded piezo-thermo-elastic shells and plates using a modified Pagano method

Chih-Ping Wu, Shao En Huang

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A modified Pagano method is developed for the three-dimensional (3D) coupled analysis of simply-supported, doubly curved functionally graded (FG) piezo-thermo-elastic shells under thermal loads. Four different loading conditions, applied on the lateral surfaces of the shells, are considered. The material properties of FG shells are regarded as heterogeneous through the thickness coordinate, and then specified to obey an exponent-law dependent on this. The Pagano method, conventionally used for the analysis of multilayered composite elastic plates/shells, is modified to be feasible for the present analysis of FG piezo-thermoelastic plates/shells. The modifications include that a displacement-based formulation is replaced by a mixed formulation, a set of the complex-valued solutions of the system equations is transferred to the corresponding set of real-valued solutions, a successive approximation (SA) method is adopted and introduced in the present analysis, and the propagator matrix method is developed for the heat conduction analysis and the coupled piezo-thermo-elastic analysis of the FG shells. The influence of the material-property gradient index on the field variables, induced in the FG piezo-thermo-elastic shells and plates under the thermal load, is studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-281
Number of pages31
JournalComputers, Materials and Continua
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomaterials
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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