A semi-analytical finite element model for the analysis of piezolaminated cylindrical shells Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper addresses bending of multilayered cylindrical shells with piezoelectric properties using a semi-analytical axisymmetric shell finite element model with piezoelectric layers using the 3D linear elastic theory. In the present model, the equations of motion are derived by expanding the displacement field using the Fourier series in the circumferential direction. Thus, the 3D elasticity equations of motion are reduced to 2D equations involving circumferential harmonics. In the finite element formulation the dependent variables, electric potential and loading are expanded in truncated Fourier series. Special emphasis is given to the coupling between symmetric and anti-symmetric terms for laminated materials with piezoelectric rings. Numerical results obtained with the present model are found to be in good agreement with other finite element solutions.

author list (cited authors)

  • Soares, C., Santos, H., Soares, C., & Reddy, J. N.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • March 2006