Mechanics of Viscoelastic Plates Made of FGMs
Considering the viscoelastic behavior of polymer foams a new plate theory based on the direct approach is introduced and applied to plates composed of functionally graded materials (FGM). The governing two-dimensional equations are formulated for a deformable surface, the viscoelastic effective stiffness parameters are identified assuming linear viscoelastic material behavior. The material properties are changing in the thickness direction. Solving some problems of the global structural analysis it will be demonstrated that in some cases the results significantly differ from the results based on the Kirchhoff-type theory. The aim of this paper is to extend the results of the analysis given in (ZAMM 88:332–341, 2008; Acta Mech 204:137–154, 2009; Key Eng Mater 399:63–70, 2009) related to the case of general linear viscoelastic behaviour and to discuss how the effective viscoelastic properties reflect the properties in the thickness direction.
KeywordsPlates Viscoelasticity Functionally graded material Foam
The second author was supported by the RFBR with the grants No. 09-01-00459, 09-01-00849 and by the DFG grant No. AL 341/33-1.
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