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Applications of the symplectic method in quasi-static analysis for viscoelastic functionally graded materials

W.X. Zhang (Nantong Polytechnic College, Nantong, China)
R.G. Liu (Nantong Polytechnic College, Nantong, China)
Y. Bai (Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou, China)

Engineering Computations

ISSN: 0264-4401

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




For general quasi-static problems of viscoelastic functionally graded materials (VFGMs), the correspondence principle can be applied only for simple structures with a closed form solution of the corresponding elastic problem exists. In this paper, a new symplectic approach, according to the correspondence principle between linearly elastic and viscoelastic solids, is proposed for quasi-static VFGMs.


Firstly, by employing the method of separation of variables, all the fundamental eigenvectors of the governing equations are obtained analytically. Then, the satisfactions of boundary conditions prescribed on the ends and laterals are discussed based on the variable substitution and the eigenvector expansion methods.


In the numerical examples, some boundary condition problems are given. The results show the local effects due to the displacement constraints.


The paper provides an innovative technique for quasi-static problems of VFG Ms. Its correctness and the efficiency are well suported by numerical results.



The support of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11372070) is gratefully acknowledged.


Zhang, W.X., Liu, R.G. and Bai, Y. (2017), "Applications of the symplectic method in quasi-static analysis for viscoelastic functionally graded materials", Engineering Computations, Vol. 34 No. 4, pp. 1314-1331.



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