Dynamic stability of functionally graded cantilever cylindrical shells under distributed axial follower forces Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, flutter of functionally graded material (FGM) cylindrical shells under distributed axial follower forces is addressed. The first-order shear deformation theory is used to model the shell, and the material properties are assumed to be graded in the thickness direction according to a power law distribution using the properties of two base material phases. The solution is obtained by using the extended Galerkin's method, which accounts for the natural boundary conditions that are not satisfied by the assumed displacement functions. The effect of changing the concentrated (Beck's) follower force into the uniform (Leipholz's) and linear (Hauger's) distributed follower loads on the critical circumferential mode number and the minimum flutter load is investigated. As expected, the flutter load increases as the follower force changes from the so-called Beck's load into the so-called Leipholz's and Hauger's loadings. The increased flutter load was calculated for homogeneous shell with different mechanical properties, and it was found that the difference in elasticity moduli bears the most significant effect on the flutter load increase in short, thick shells. Also, for an FGM shell, the increase in the flutter load was calculated directly, and it was found that it can be derived from the simple power law when the corresponding increase for the two base phases are known. 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Torki, M. E., Kazemi, M. T., Reddy, J. N., Haddadpoud, H., & Mahmoudkhani, S.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Torki, Mohammad Ebrahim||Kazemi, Mohammad Taghi||Reddy, Junuthula N||Haddadpoud, Hassan||Mahmoudkhani, Saeid

publication date

  • February 2014