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Advances in Nano Research
  Volume 7, Number 2, March 2019 , pages 109-123

Free vibration of an annular sandwich plate with CNTRC facesheets and FG porous cores using Ritz method
Mohsen Emdadi, Mehdi Mohammadimehr and Borhan Rousta Navi

    In this article, the free vibration analysis of annular sandwich plates with various functionally graded (FG) porous cores and carbon nanotubes reinforced composite (CNTRC) facesheets is investigated based on modified couple stress theory (MCST) and first order shear deformation theories (FSDT). The annular sandwich plate is composed of two face layers and a functionally graded porous core layer which contains different porosity distributions. Various approaches such as extended mixture rule (EMR), Eshelby-Mori-Tanaka (E-M-T), and Halpin-Tsai (H-T) are used to determine the effective material properties of microcomposite circular sandwich plate. The governing equations of motion are extracted by using Hamilton's principle and FSDT. A Ritz method has been utilized to calculate the natural frequency of an annular sandwich plate. The effects of material length scale parameters, boundary conditions, aspect and inner-outer radius ratios, FG porous distributions, pore compressibility and volume fractions of CNTs are considered. The results are obtained by Ritz solutions that can be served as benchmark data to validate their numerical and analytical methods in the future work and also in solid-state physics, materials science, and micro-electro-mechanical devices.
Key Words
    free vibration analysis; circular annular sandwich plate; FG-porous core; CNTRC facesheets; EMR; EMT; HT approaches
Department of Solid Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-53153, Iran.

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