Buckling of a functionally graded coating with an embedded crack bonded to a homogeneous substrate Academic Article uri icon


  • In an attempt to simulate buckling of nonuniform coatings, we consider the problem of an embedded crack in a functionally graded coating bonded to a homogeneous substrate subjected to a compressive loading. The coating is graded in the thickness direction and the material gradient is orthogonal to the crack direction which is parallel with the free surface. The loading consists of a uniform compressive strain applied away from the crack region. The graded coating is modeled as a nonhomogeneous medium with an isotropic stress-strain law. Using a nonlinear continuum theory and a suitable perturbation technique, the plane strain problem is reduced to an eigenvalue problem describing the onset of buckling. Using integral transforms, the resulting plane elasticity equations are converted analytically into singular integral equations which are solved numerically to give the critical buckling strain and the corresponding crack opening displacement shapes. The main objective of the paper is to study the influence of material nonhomogeneity on the buckling resistance of the graded layer for various crack positions and coating thicknesses. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006.

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author list (cited authors)

  • El-Borgi, S., Aloulou, W., & Zghal, A.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • El-Borgi, S||Aloulou, W||Zghal, A

publication date

  • November 2006