Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 484–494 | Cite as

Twisting Statics and Dynamics for Circular Elastic Nanosolids by Nonlocal Elasticity Theory

  • Cheng Li
  • C. W. LimEmail author
  • Jilin Yu


The torsional static and dynamic behaviors of circular nanosolids such as nanoshafts, nanorods and nanotubes are established based on a new nonlocal elastic stress field theory. Based on a new expression for strain energy with a nonlocal nanoscale parameter, new higher-order governing equations and the corresponding boundary conditions are first derived here via the variational principle because the classical equilibrium conditions and/or equations of motion cannot be directly applied to nonlocal nanostructures even if the stress and moment quantities are replaced by the corresponding nonlocal quantities. The static twist and torsional vibration of circular, nonlocal nanosolids are solved and discussed in detail. A comparison of the conventional and new nonlocal models is also presented for a fully fixed nanosolid, where a lower-order governing equation and reduced stiffness are found in the conventional model while the new model reports opposite solutions. Analytical solutions and numerical examples based on the new nonlocal stress theory demonstrate that nonlocal stress enhances stiffness of nanosolids, i.e. the angular displacement decreases with the increasing nonlocal nanoscale while the natural frequency increases with the increasing nonlocal nanoscale.

Key words

angular displacement nanoscale nonlocal stress torsion vibration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Urban Rail TransportationSoochow UniversitySuzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Building and ConstructionCity University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  3. 3.Department of Modern MechanicsUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  4. 4.USTC-CityU Joint Advanced Research CenterSuzhouChina

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