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Some Intriguing Results Pertaining to Functionally Graded Columns

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Isaac Elishakoff

Fellow ASME
e-mail: elishako@fau.edu

Yohann Miglis

Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering,
Florida Atlantic University,
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

1Corresponding author.

Manuscript received October 24, 2011; final manuscript received October 19, 2012; accepted manuscript posted October 30, 2012; published online May 23, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Alexander F. Vakakis.

J. Appl. Mech 80(4), 041021 (May 23, 2013) (9 pages) Paper No: JAM-11-1395; doi: 10.1115/1.4007983 History: Received October 24, 2011; Revised October 19, 2012; Accepted October 30, 2012

Some intriguing results are reported in conjunction with closed form solutions obtained for a clamped-free vibrating inhomogeneous column under an axial concentrated load using the semi-inverse method. Fourth order polynomial is postulated for both the vibration mode shape and buckling displacement. Solution is provided for the flexural rigidity and the natural frequency. It is shown that, for each level of axial loading, there may exist up to five flexural rigidities satisfying the governing differential equation and boundary conditions.

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Fig. 3

Dependence of the squared natural frequency versus load (a) k = k4, (b) k = k1, (c) k = k2, (d) k = k3, (e) k = k5

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Fig. 4

Vibrating clamped-free beam loaded at its tip

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Fig. 1

Variation of the roots of Eq. (38) with axial load P; (a) roots k1, k3, k4, k5 and (b) rook k2

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Fig. 2

Flexural rigidities and associated mode shapes corresponding to the roots (a) k4 = −0.041411, (b) k1 = −0.01573492764, (c) k2 = −0.006766827430, (d) k3 = 0.001291278483, (e) k5 = 0.01033391077

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Fig. 5

Five possible flexural rigidities and displacements for (a) k1, (b) k2, (c) k3, (d) k4, (e) k5



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