Size-dependent vibration and stability of moderately thick functionally graded micro-plates using a differential quadrature-based geometric mapping scheme

Bo Zhang, Heng Li, Liulin Kong, Huoming Shen, Xu Zhang

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In this paper, we propose a novel differential quadrature-based geometric mapping scheme to address the C1-continuity requirements of the in-plane and out-of-plane kinematic quantities of a couple stress-based Mindlin–Reissner functionally graded (FG) plate model. This mapping scheme is combined with the minimum total potential energy principle to construct a four-node size-dependent plate element being free of shape functions with 20 degrees of freedom (DOFs) per node. To validate the convergence and adaptability of the element formulation derived, a wide range of numerical examples regarding the free vibration and stability problems of FG macro-/micro-plates are presented. Finally, parametric studies are carried out to investigate the influences of material and geometrical parameters on the vibration and stability behavior of moderately thick FG micro-plates. It is shown that the developed element possesses distinct advantages over the corresponding shape function-based element in terms of convergence and computational accuracy, which can lead to a remarkable reduction of the number of meshes employed. Besides, the size-dependence of vibration and buckling mode shapes is exhibited in the form of displacement contour plots for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-365
Number of pages27
JournalEngineering Analysis with Boundary Elements
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Couple stress
  • Differential quadrature-based geometric mapping scheme
  • Moderately thick FG micro-plates
  • Plate element
  • Vibration and stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Engineering(all)
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

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