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Thermo ElasticPlastic Analysis of Rotating Functionally Graded Stainless Steel Composite Cylinder under Internal and External Pressure Using Finite Difference Method
Abstract
The thermal elasticplastic stresses have been investigated for a rotating functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder under internal and external pressure with general nonlinear strain hardening law and von Mises’ yield criterion using finite difference method. The modulus of elasticity in the rotating cylinder varies radially according to power law and the temperature distribution satisfies Laplace heat equation in radial direction. From the analysis, we can conclude that cylinder made of functionally graded stainless steel composite material with variable thickness and variable density under thermal loading for Swift’s strain hardening measure is better choice of the design as compared to homogeneous cylinder. This is because of the reason that circumferential stress is less for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder as compared to homogeneous cylinder for Swift’s strain hardening measure under internal and external pressure. This leads to the idea of “stress saving” which minimizes the possibility of fracture of cylinder.
1. Introduction
Thermo elasticplastic analysis of functionally graded materials under internal and external pressure is an active topic for engineering mechanics. The study of thickwalled cylinder is an interesting area of research and highly used due to vast utilization in the pressure vessels and pipes and so forth. Functionally graded materials are nothing but nonhomogeneous composite materials which are highly heat resistant and very promising in hightech engineering fields [1, 2]. The demands of functionally graded materials are increasing under high rotation and temperature. These materials find their applications in many areas, that is, flywheels, aerospace, nuclear reactors, compressors, and so forth. The problems of rotating thickwalled cylinder and plates can be found in many text books of elasticity [3, 4]. Obata et al. [5] calculated stresses for a hollow circular cylinder and hollow sphere under thermal loading using perturbation method. For these materials they found that the perturbation solutions had good convergence. Perry and Aboudi [6] calculated the residual stresses in a homogeneous cylinder using finite difference method and concluded that it is very effective in solving autofrettage problem numerically. Gao [7] investigated elasticplastic stresses, strains, and displacements in a cylinder under internal pressure using elastic strain hardening in the plane strain conditions. Tutuncu and Ozturk [8] studied the closed form solution for stresses and displacement in cylindrical and spherical vessels made of functionally graded material subjected to internal pressure using infinitesimal theory of elasticity. They compared stress distributions in functionally graded material with homogeneous material. Singh and Gupta [9] developed a mathematical model to describe steadystate creep in an isotropic functionally graded composite subjected to internal pressure which contains linearly varying silicon carbide particles in a matrix of pure aluminum. They observed that the radial stress in the cylinder decreases throughout with the increase in reinforcement gradient, whereas the tangential, axial, and effective stresses increase significantly near the inner radius but show significant decrease towards the outer radius. Aggarwal et al. [10] investigated safety factors in terms of elasticplastic stresses for functionally graded thickwalled circular cylinder under internal and external pressure and concluded that functionally graded thickwalled cylinder minimizes the possibility of fracture of the cylinder. Aggarwal et al. [11] calculated thermal creep stresses for nonhomogeneous thickwalled cylinder under internal and external pressure using Lebesgue strain measure and concluded that nonhomogeneous cylinder is better choice of design as compared to homogeneous cylinder. Parvizi et al. [12] studied a mathematical model to predict the yielding in a functionally graded Al A359/SiCp cylinder and find closed form solution for plastic stresses using Tresca’s yield criterion subjected to internal pressure with thermal loading. They observed that there is a point in cylinder where the hoop stress changes from compressive to tensile and the position of this point is independent of the temperature gradient and depends on material properties and geometry of the functionally graded cylinder. Eraslan and Akgül [13] calculated the numerical solution for elasticplastic stresses in a rotating disk with von Mises’ yield criterion using general nonlinear strain hardening rule.
In this paper, thermal elasticplastic stresses have been calculated for cylinder made up of functionally graded stainless steel composite material under internal and external pressure using finite difference method. In this problem, a general nonlinear strain hardening law with von Mises’ yield criterion has been considered. Results have been discussed numerically with the help of graphs and tables.
2. Objective
For a rotating cylinder with varying material properties, circumferential stress at the hub does not exceed the allowable value which tells the designers little more than that the design of the cylinder is safe at the given pressure. Thus our prime objective is to calculate allowable thermal elasticplastic stresses in an open ended functionally graded stainless steel composite rotating cylinder under pressure for varying expansion to incorporate a “safety factor” that prevents the cylinder from bursting under pressure and thermal loading.
3. Mathematical Formulation
3.1. Distribution of Material Properties
Consider a long open ended axisymmetric cylinder made up of functionally graded stainless steel composite material with inner and outer radii and , respectively, and the cylinder is subjected to internal pressure and external pressure as shown in Figure 1. The cylindrical polar coordinates under plane stress condition have been considered in this problem.
In this study, Poisson’s ratio and thermal expansion coefficient () are assumed to be constants. The other properties, that is, Young’s modulus which is defined by power law, temperature distribution that follows Laplace heat equation in radial direction, thickness, and density, are varying radially and are expressed as where , is the radius of the cylinder, , , , and are material constants, and , , and are the geometric parameters.
3.2. Basic Equations
The equilibrium equation for the cylinder in the absence of body forces is where and are radial and circumferential stresses, respectively.
Using infinitesimal theory of elasticity, the relations between strains and radial displacements are where and are radial and circumferential strains, respectively, and is the radial displacement.
The equation of compatibility can be derived from (3) as
From infinitesimal theory of elasticity, the stressstrain relations are where , , and are the elastic radial, circumferential, and axial strains, respectively.
Due to geometric symmetry of the cylinder, circumferential displacement, shear stresses, and strains are assumed to be zero.
Using deformation theory of plasticity, the relation between the stresses and plastic strains can be determined as where is the equivalent stress, is the equivalent plastic strain, and , , and are the plastic radial, circumferential, and axial strains, respectively.
von Mises’ yield criterion is given by
The total radial, circumferential, and axial strains in thickwalled rotating cylinder are
The temperature field satisfying Laplace heat equation is with at and at , where is a constant, given by .
We define the stress function for thickwalled rotating cylinder which is related to radial and hoop stresses as
Since it has been assumed that the cylinder is long and open ended and there is plane stress condition, therefore axial stress is zero; that is, .
Substituting (10) and (5) into (8), we have
Substituting of (11) into compatibility (4), we have where , , and .
The relation between the yield stress and the equivalent plastic strain for Swift’s hardening law can be expressed as where , , , , and are hardening parameter, material parameter, yield limit, equivalent total strain, and yield strain, respectively.
Substituting from (13) into (6) results in
Substituting (14) into (12), we have
Equation (15) is the differential equation of the functionally graded stainless steel composite rotating cylinder with nonlinear strain hardening subjected to thermal loading in the plastic region in terms of stresses and stress function.
Equation (15) can be described in the general form in terms of stress function as
Equation (16) is a nonlinear two point boundary value problem and can be solved numerically, subjected to the boundary conditions where and are the inner and outer radii of the cylinder and and are internal and external pressures, respectively.
Using finite difference method with central difference in (16), we get the following system of equations:
Equation (18) consists of algebraic system of equations with the boundary conditions and . After solving (18) with boundary conditions we get a stress function . Then, the radial and circumferential stresses can be obtained from (10) after substituting the value of stress function .
4. Numerical Discussion
The properties of a functionally graded stainless steel composite thickwalled rotating cylinder under internal and external pressure and MPa, respectively, subjected to thermal loading () are defined as follows: the radii of the cylinder are taken as m and m, Poisson’s ratio , Young’s modulus GPa, and thermal expansion coefficient . The geometric parameters of the cylinder are taken as in Young’s modulus function and is nonlinear strain hardening measure.
To show the effect of internal and external pressure on a functionally graded stainless steel composite rotating cylinder with strain hardening measure having constant thickness and constant density, Tables 1 and 2 show the circumferential stresses with different parameters of Young’s modulus .


It has been observed from Table 1 that, when external pressure is greater than the internal pressure, circumferential stresses approaches tensile to compressible. Also, these stresses are maximum at external surface for homogeneous as well as functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder. These stresses are less for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder as compared to homogeneous cylinder. As nonhomogeneity changes from to , circumferential stresses decrease significantly. With the introduction of thermal effects circumferential stresses increase for homogeneous as well as for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder () but decrease for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder with . It has also been noticed from Table 1 that with the increase in thermal effects these stresses decrease significantly for homogeneous as well as for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder and are less for the cylinder with nonhomogeneity parameter . With the increase in angular speed, circumferential stresses increase significantly. When external pressure is less than the internal pressure, circumferential stresses are maximum at internal surface for homogeneous cylinder while maximum at external surface for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder and these stresses decreased with the change in nonhomogeneity measure from to . With the introduction of thermal effects circumferential stresses increase for homogenous as well as for functionally graded stainless steel composite measure while decrease for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder with . With the increase in thermal effects these circumferential stresses decrease significantly while increase with the increase in angular speed. It has been observed from Table 2 that the behavior of homogeneous and functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder same as discussed in Table 1 but it has been observed that, with increase in strain hardening measure from to , these stresses decrease significantly for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder.
Tables 3 and 4 have been made for circumferential stresses in rotating cylinders with variable thickness and variable density with different parameters of Young’s modulus and strain hardening measure .


It has been observed from Table 3 that for cylinder with varying thickness and density, whose external pressure is greater than the internal pressure, circumferential stresses approach from tensile to compressible and are maximum at external surface for homogeneous as well as functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder. These stresses are less for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder as compared to homogeneous cylinder with varying thickness and density as well as cylinder with constant thickness and density. With increase in strain hardening measure from to these circumferential stresses decrease significantly for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder with varying thickness and density as can be seen from Table 4.
Figures 2–4 have been drawn to discuss the effect of internal and external pressure on stresses in rotating cylinder made of functionally graded stainless steel composite material with constant thickness and constant density with nonlinear strain hardening measure.
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It has been observed from Figure 2 that circumferential stress approaches towards compressive from tensile. It has also been observed that when external pressure is greater than the internal pressure, these stresses are maximum at external surface for homogeneous as well as functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder. Also, it has been observed that circumferential stress is maximum at internal surface for homogeneous cylinder while maximum at external surface for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder when external pressure is less than the internal pressure. Also, with the increase in angular speed, circumferential stresses increase significantly. From Figure 3 it can be seen that, as circumferential stresses increase for homogeneous cylinder as well as for nonhomogenous cylinder but with the change in nonhomogeneity from to , circumferential stresses decrease when external pressure is greater than the internal pressure with thermal effects. Also, these stresses increase for homogenous cylinder as well as for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder () while decrease for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder with . With the increase in temperature these stresses decrease significantly for homogeneous as well as for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder as can be seen from Figure 4.
Figures 5–7 have been drawn to discuss the effect of internal and external pressure on stresses in rotating cylinder made of functionally graded stainless steel composite material with variable thickness and variable density with nonlinear strain hardening measure.
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It has been observed from Figure 5 that circumferential stresses are maximum at external surface for homogeneous as well as functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder. It has also been observed that with the increase in angular speed circumferential stresses increase significantly. With the introduction of thermal effects, circumferential stresses increase for homogeneous cylinder as well as for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder (), but with the change in nonhomogeneity from to , circumferential stresses decrease when external pressure is greater than the internal pressure as can be seen from Figure 6. Circumferential stresses decrease for homogeneous cylinder while increase for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder when external pressure is less than the internal pressure. It has also been observed from Figure 7 that with the increase in temperature these stresses increase significantly for homogeneous cylinder as well for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder with while decrease for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder with when external pressure is greater than the internal pressure, while these stresses decrease significantly for homogeneous cylinder as well for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder when external pressure is less than the internal pressure.
5. Conclusion
From the analysis, we can conclude that rotating cylinder made of functionally graded stainless steel composite material having variable thickness and variable density with Swift’s strain hardening measure and thermal loading is better choice for designers as compared to rotating cylinder with constant thickness and constant density. This is because of the reason that circumferential stress is less for functionally graded stainless steel composite cylinder with variable thickness and variable density as compared to other cases, which leads to the idea of stress saving that minimizes the possibility of fracture of cylinder.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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