Buckling and postbuckling of functionally graded multilayer graphene platelet-reinforced composite beams

Yang, J, Wu, H and Kitipornchai, S 2017, 'Buckling and postbuckling of functionally graded multilayer graphene platelet-reinforced composite beams', Composite Structures, vol. 161, pp. 111-118.


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Title Buckling and postbuckling of functionally graded multilayer graphene platelet-reinforced composite beams
Author(s) Yang, J
Wu, H
Kitipornchai, S
Year 2017
Journal name Composite Structures
Volume number 161
Start page 111
End page 118
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This paper investigates the buckling and postbuckling behaviours of functionally graded multilayer nanocomposite beams reinforced with a low content of graphene platelets (GPLs) resting on an elastic foundation. It is assumed that GPLs are randomly oriented and uniformly dispersed in each individual GPL-reinforced composite (GPLRC) layer with its weight fraction varying layerwise along the thickness direction. The effective material properties of each layer are estimated by the Halpin-Tsai micromechanics model. The nonlinear governing equations of the beam on an elastic foundation are derived within the framework of the first-order shear deformation beam theory then are converted into a nonlinear algebraic system by using the differential quadrature method. A detailed parametric study is carried out to examine the effects of the distribution pattern, weight fraction, geometry and size of GPL nanofillers, foundation stiffness parameters, slenderness ratio and boundary conditions on the buckling and postbuckling behaviours. The results show that GPLs have a remarkable reinforcing effect on the buckling and postbuckling of nanocomposite beams.
Subject Solid Mechanics
Structural Engineering
Keyword(s) Buckling
Differential quadrature method
Functionally graded nanocomposite beam
Graphene platelet
Postbuckling
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.11.048
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