A DSC Regularized Dirac-Delta Method for Flexural Vibration of Elastically Supported FG Beams Subjected to a Moving Load

L. H. Zhang, S. K. Lai, J. Yang

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This research presents a numerical approach to address the moving load problem of functionally graded (FG) beams with rotational elastic edge constraints, in which the regularized Dirac-delta function is used to describe a time-dependent moving load source. The governing partial differential equations of the system, derived in accordance with the classical Euler-Bernoulli beam theory, are approximated by the discrete singular convolution (DSC) method. The resulting set of algebraic equations can then be solved by the Newmark-β integration scheme. Such a singular Dirac-delta formulation is also employed as the kernel function of the DSC method. In this work, the material properties of FG beams are assumed to be changed in the thickness direction. A convergence study is performed to validate the accuracy and reliability of the numerical results. In addition, the effects of moving load velocity and material distribution on the dynamic behavior of elastically restrained FG beams are also studied to serve as new benchmark solutions. By comparing with the available results in the existing literature, the present results show good agreement. More importantly, the major finding of this work indicates that the DSC regularized Dirac-delta approach is a good candidate for moving load problems, since the equally spaced grid system adopted in the DSC scheme can achieve a preferable representation of moving load sources.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2050039
JournalInternational Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Dirac-delta function
  • DSC method
  • elastic restraint
  • functionally graded beams
  • Moving loads

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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