Benchmark exact free vibration solutions for multilayered piezoelectric composite plates Conference Paper uri icon


  • 2018 International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering. All rights reserved. The development of advanced finite element models suitable for the analysis of smart structures depends on a comprehensive understanding of the behaviour of multilayered piezoelectric composite structures. In fact, an accurate electromechanical modelling of smart structures requires a correct description of both electrical and mechanical fields, particularly in the thickness direction. The assessment of recent and advanced models still continues to rely nowadays only on a few well-known benchmark three-dimensional (3D) exact solutions provided by pioneer works, namely, in the 1970s by Pagano [1,2] as well as Srinivas [3] for composite plates and later in the 1990s by Heyliger [4-6] for piezoelectric composite plates. To overcome the limited number of test cases whose 3D exact solutions have been published, the authors provided in a previous work [7] new additional benchmark 3D exact solutions for the static analysis of piezoelectric composite plates. The present work aims to complete this previous one by providing new benchmark 3D exact solutions for the corresponding free vibration analysis. The method introduced by Heyliger to derive the 3D exact solutions has been successfully implemented using symbolic computing and a number of new test cases for free vibration analysis are here presented. Specifically, two multilayered plates using PVDF piezoelectric material are chosen as test cases under two sets of electrical boundary conditions and considering three plate aspect ratios for thick, moderately thick and thin plate, in a total of 12 distinct test cases.

published proceedings

  • 8th Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, SMART 2017 and 6th International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, SMN 2017

author list (cited authors)

  • Moleiro, F., Mota Soares, C. M., Mota Soares, C. A., Arajo, A. L., & Reddy, J. N.

complete list of authors

  • Moleiro, F||Mota Soares, CM||Mota Soares, CA||Ara├║jo, AL||Reddy, JN

publication date

  • January 2017