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Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering >> 2015, Volume 10, Issue 2 doi: 10.1007/s11465-015-0339-9

Vibration analysis of nano-structure multilayered graphene sheets using modified strain gradient theory

1. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran.

2. Department of Civil Engineering, Mazandaran University of Technolo- gy, Babol, Iran

Accepted: 2015-06-30 Available online: 2015-07-14

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In this paper, for the first time, the modified strain gradient theory is used as a new size-dependent Kirchhoff micro-plate model to study the effect of interlayer van der Waals (vdW) force for the vibration analysis of multilayered graphene sheets (MLGSs). The model contains three material length scale parameters, which may effectively capture the size effect. The model can also degenerate into the modified couple stress plate model or the classical plate model, if two or all of the material length scale parameters are taken to be zero. After obtaining the governing equations based on modified strain gradient theory via principle of minimum potential energy, as only infinitesimal vibration is considered, the net pressure due to the vdW interaction is assumed to be linearly proportional to the deflection between two layers. To solve the governing equation subjected to the boundary conditions, the Fourier series is assumed for w=w(xy). To show the accuracy of the formulations, present results in specific cases are compared with available results in literature and a good agreement can be seen. The results indicate that the present model can predict prominent natural frequency with the reduction of structural size, especially when the plate thickness is on the same order of the material length scale parameter.

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