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S.J. Singh and S.P. Harsha


The present study is based on the nonlinear bending analysis of an FGM plate with Von-Karman strain based on the non-linear classical plate theory (NLCPT) with in-plane displacement and moderate rotation. Non-linear bending analysis based on stresses and transverse deflections is then carried out for the plate for the complex solution obtained using an analytical method viz. Navier’s method. The equations of motion and boundary conditions are obtained using the Principle of Minimum Potential Energy (PMPE) method and material property is graded in thickness direction according to simple power-law distribution in terms of volume fractions of the constituents. The effect of the span-to-thickness ratio and FGM exponent on the maximum central deflection and stresses are studied. The results show that the response is transitional with respect to ceramic and metal and the complex solution predicts the real behavior of stresses and deflections in the functionally graded plate. The functionally graded plate is found to be more effective for moderately thick and thick plates, which is inferred by a complex nature of the solution. For FGM plates, the transverse deflection is in-between to that of metal and ceramic rich plates. The complex nature of the solution also gives information about the stress distribution in the thickness direction.