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2022 ◽  
Vol 166 ◽  
pp. 108496
Iman Gholami ◽  
Marco Amabili ◽  
Michael P. Païdoussis

2021 ◽  
Vol ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print) ◽  
Yongliang Wang ◽  
Jianhui Wang

PurposeThis study presents a novel hp-version adaptive finite element method (FEM) to investigate the high-precision eigensolutions of the free vibration of moderately thick circular cylindrical shells, involving the issues of variable geometrical factors, such as the thickness, circumferential wave number, radius and length.Design/methodology/approachAn hp-version adaptive finite element (FE) algorithm is proposed for determining the eigensolutions of the free vibration of moderately thick circular cylindrical shells via error homogenisation and higher-order interpolation. This algorithm first develops the established h-version mesh refinement method for detecting the non-uniform distributed optimised meshes, where the error estimation and element subdivision approaches based on the superconvergent patch recovery displacement method are introduced to obtain high-precision solutions. The errors in the vibration mode solutions in the global space domain are homogenised and approximately the same. Subsequently, on the refined meshes, the algorithm uses higher-order shape functions for the interpolation of trial displacement functions to reduce the errors quickly, until the solution meets a pre-specified error tolerance condition. In this algorithm, the non-uniform mesh generation and higher-order interpolation of shape functions are suitable for addressing the problem of complex frequencies and modes caused by variable structural geometries.FindingsNumerical results are presented for moderately thick circular cylindrical shells with different geometrical factors (circumferential wave number, thickness-to-radius ratio, thickness-to-length ratio) to demonstrate the effectiveness, accuracy and reliability of the proposed method. The hp-version refinement uses fewer optimised meshes than h-version mesh refinement, and only one-step interpolation of the higher-order shape function yields the eigensolutions satisfying the accuracy requirement.Originality/valueThe proposed combination of methodologies provides a complete hp-version adaptive FEM for analysing the free vibration of moderately thick circular cylindrical shells. This algorithm can be extended to general eigenproblems and geometric forms of structures to solve for the frequency and mode quickly and efficiently.

2021 ◽  
Vol 26 (3) ◽  
pp. 141-162
C.U. Nwoji ◽  
D.G. Ani ◽  
O.A. Oguaghamba ◽  
V.T. Ibeabuchi

Abstract In this paper, a displacement based shear deformation theory formulated on the cubic in-plane displacement field equation of Reddy and Liu is presented for the static bending analysis of isotropic circular cylindrical shells. The adopted displacement field accounts for a quadratic (parabolic) distribution of the transverse shear through the shell thickness as well as satisfies the need for a stress free upper and lower boundary surfaces of the shell. The equations of static equilibrium are obtained on application of the principle of virtual work. Numerical results of the bending analysis for the displacements and stresses are presented for the simply supported shell. A comparison made to those of the Kirchhoff-Love theory for varying shell length to mean – radius of curvature ratios, shows good agreement for thin shells irrespective of the shell length to radius of curvature ratio (l / a). The transverse sharing effect is found to be noticeable in the deformation of thick shells, however, this effect diminishes with a continuous increase in l / a ratios.

2021 ◽  
Vol 7 (3) ◽  
pp. 61
Matteo Strozzi ◽  
Oleg V. Gendelman ◽  
Isaac E. Elishakoff ◽  
Francesco Pellicano

The applicability and limitations of simplified models of thin elastic circular cylindrical shells for linear vibrations of double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) are considered. The simplified models, which are based on the assumptions of membrane and moment approximate thin-shell theories, are compared with the extended Sanders–Koiter shell theory. Actual discrete DWCNTs are modelled by means of couples of concentric equivalent continuous thin, circular cylindrical shells. Van der Waals interaction forces between the layers are taken into account by adopting He’s model. Simply supported and free–free boundary conditions are applied. The Rayleigh–Ritz method is considered to obtain approximate natural frequencies and mode shapes. Different aspect and thickness ratios, and numbers of waves along longitudinal and circumferential directions, are analysed. In the cases of axisymmetric and beam-like modes, it is proven that membrane shell theory, differently from moment shell theory, provides results with excellent agreement with the extended Sanders–Koiter shell theory. On the other hand, in the case of shell-like modes, it is found that both membrane and moment shell theories provide results reporting acceptable agreement with the extended Sanders–Koiter shell theory only for very limited ranges of geometries and wavenumbers. Conversely, for shell-like modes it is found that a newly developed, simplified shell model, based on the combination of membrane and semi-moment theories, provides results in satisfactory agreement with the extended Sanders–Koiter shell theory in all ranges.

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