Natarajan, S and Chakraborty, S and Ganapathi, M and Subramanian, M (2014) A parametric study on the buckling of functionally graded material plates with internal discontinuities using the partition of unity method. In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MECHANICS A-SOLIDS, 44 . pp. 136-147.
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In this paper, the effect of local defects, viz., cracks and cutouts on the buckling behaviour of functionally graded material plates subjected to mechanical and thermal load is numerically studied. The internal discontinuities, viz., cracks and cutouts are represented independent of the mesh within the framework of the extended finite element method and an enriched shear flexible 4-noded quadrilateral element is used for the spatial discretization. The properties are assumed to vary only in the thickness direction and the effective properties are estimated using the Mori-Tanaka homogenization scheme. The plate kinematics is based on the first order shear deformation theory. The influence of various parameters, viz., the crack length and its location, the cutout radius and its position, the plate aspect ratio and the plate thickness on the critical buckling load is studied. The effect of various boundary conditions is also studied. The numerical results obtained reveal that the critical buckling load decreases with increase in the crack length, the cutout radius and the material gradient index. This is attributed to the degradation in the stiffness either due to the presence of local defects or due to the change in the material composition. (C) 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Copyright for this article belongs to the GAUTHIER-VILLARS/EDITIONS ELSEVIER, FRANCE|
|Keywords:||XFEM; Functionally graded; Buckling|
|Department/Centre:||Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)|
|Date Deposited:||11 Apr 2014 10:03|
|Last Modified:||11 Apr 2014 10:03|
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