Critical examination of midplane and neutral plane formulations for vibration analysis of FGM beams

Wang, C. M., Ke, L. L., Chowdhury, A. N. Roy, Yang, J., Kitipornchai, S. and Fernando, D. (2017) Critical examination of midplane and neutral plane formulations for vibration analysis of FGM beams. Engineering Structures, 130 275-281. doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.10.051


Author Wang, C. M.
Ke, L. L.
Chowdhury, A. N. Roy
Yang, J.
Kitipornchai, S.
Fernando, D.
Title Critical examination of midplane and neutral plane formulations for vibration analysis of FGM beams
Journal name Engineering Structures   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-7323
0141-0296
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.10.051
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 130
Start page 275
End page 281
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract There has been a controversial claim that the beam model formulation for functionally graded materials (FGM) beams must be based on the neutral plane for correct solutions. This claim cuts across well accepted mid-plane formulation for FGM beams. Presented herein is a critical examination of the mid-plane and neutral plane formulations for the vibration analysis of FGM beams. It will be shown herein that the problem arises from a misconception that the immovable supporting points are located at the mid-plane when the supporting points are actually at the neutral plane when basing the formulation on the neutral plane. The positioning of the immovable simple supports at two different planes leads to the difference in results. However, in the case of movable simple supports, the mid-plane formulation furnishes the same vibration solutions as the neutral plane formulation, even though the supports are located on different planes. Both formulations furnish the same frequency results for clamped ends. The conclusion is that there is nothing wrong with using the mid-plane formulation for FGM beams. In fact, by using the neutral plane formulation, it would be difficult to solve FGM beams with a constraint on the longitudinal displacement at the midplane.
Keyword Beams
Functionally graded materials
Mid-plane
Neutral plane
Vibration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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