Buckling and Post-Buckling of Symmetric Functionally Graded Microplate Lying on Nonlinear Elastic Foundation Based on Modified Couple Stress Theory
|Published in:||International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, September 2018, n. 9, v. 18|
This paper is concerned with the buckling and post-buckling behaviors of a simply supported symmetric functionally graded (FG) microplate lying on a nonlinear elastic foundation. The modified couple stress theory is used to capture the size effects of the FG microplate, and the Mindlin plate theory with von Karman’s geometric nonlinearity taken into account is adopted to describe its deflection behavior. Based on these assumptions and the principle of minimum potential energy, the equilibrium equations of the FG microplate and associated boundary conditions are derived. By applying the Galerkin method to the equilibrium equations, closed-form solutions for the critical buckling load and the load–displacement relation in the post-buckling stage are obtained. Furthermore, the effects of the power law index, the material length scale parameter to thickness ratio, the stiffness of the elastic foundation, and in-plane boundary conditions on the buckling and post-buckling behaviors of the FG microplate are discussed in detail.
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