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# A High Order Theory for Linear Thermoelastic Shells: Comparison with Classical Theories

**Academic Editor:**Radhey S. Jangid

#### Abstract

A high order theory for linear thermoelasticity and heat conductivity of shells has been developed. The proposed theory is based on expansion of the 3D equations of theory of thermoelasticity and heat conductivity into Fourier series in terms of Legendre polynomials. The first physical quantities that describe thermodynamic state have been expanded into Fourier series in terms of Legendre polynomials with respect to a thickness coordinate. Thereby all equations of elasticity and heat conductivity including generalized Hooke's and Fourier's laws have been transformed to the corresponding equations for coefficients of the polynomial expansion. Then in the same way as in the 3-D theories system of differential equations in terms of displacements and boundary conditions for Fourier coefficients has been obtained. First approximation theory is considered in more detail. The obtained equations for the first approximation theory are compared with the corresponding equations for Timoshenko's and Kirchhoff-Love's theories. Special case of plates and cylindrical shell is also considered, and corresponding equations in displacements are presented.

#### 1. Introduction

The development of microelectromechanical and nanoelectromechanical technologies extends the field of application of the classical or nonclassical theories of plates and shells towards the new thin-walled structures. The classical elasticity can be extended to the micro- and nanoscale by implementation of the theory of elasticity taking into account the physical phenomenon that can occur in such structures and devices [1, 2].

Classical theories of beams, rods, plates, and shells are usually related to names of Bernoulli, Euler, Kirchhoff, and Love. These theories are based on well-known physical hypothesis; they are very popular among an engineering community because of their relative simplicity and physical clarity. Numerous books and monographs have been written in the subject among others one can refer to [3–6]. But unfortunately classical theories have some shortcomings and logical contradictions such as their proximity and inaccuracy and as result in some cases not good agreement with results obtained with 3D approach and experiments. Therefore there is demand in developing new more accurate theories.

We can mention at least two approaches to development of the theories of thin-walled structures. One consists in improvement of the classical physical hypothesis and development of more accurate theories. The theory of beamis well-known model that takes into account transversal deformations developed by Timoshenko and extended to the plate theory by Mindlin [7]. This theory was extended and applied to shells of arbitrary geometry in numerous publications and is referred to as Timoshenko’s theory that takes into account in-plane shear deformations and rotation of the elements perpendicular to the middle surface of the shell [8–10].

The second approach consists in expansion of the stress-strain field components into polynomials series in terms of thickness. It was proposed by Cauchy and Poisson and at that time was not popular. Significant extension and development of that method were done by Kil'chevskii [11]. Vekua has used Legendre’s polynomials for the expansion of the equations of elasticity and reduction of the 3-D problem to 2-D one [12]. Such an approach has significant advantages because Legendre’s polynomials are orthogonal, and as a result obtained equations are simpler. This approach was extended and applied to dynamical problems [13], thermoelasticity [14], and composite and laminate shells [15].

The approach developed in [12–15] has been applied to the plates and shells thermoelastic contact problems when mechanical and thermal conditions are changed during deformation in our previous publications [16–29]. The mathematical formulation, differential equations, and contact conditions for the cases of plates and cylindrical shells for the first time have been reported in [16–18]. In more general form with extension to nonstationary processes and calculation of all coefficients of the equations and contact and boundary conditions it was presented in [19, 20]. Then the approach was further developed to contact of plates and shells with rigid bodies through heat conducting layer [21–25], thermoelasticity of the laminated composite materials with possibility of delamination and mechanical and thermal contact in temperature field in [21, 22, 26], the pencil-thin nuclear fuel rods modeling in [22], and functionally graded shells in [28, 29].

Bibliography related to different aspects of the theory and applications of the thin-walled structures contains of several thousands publications for references one can see review papers [30, 31]. For trends and recent development in the shells theory and its applications one can refer to books [10, 32–34].

In this paper, an approach based on expansion of the equations of thermoelasticity and heat conductivity into Fourier series in terms of Legendre polynomials has been developed and applied to high order theory of arbitrary geometry shells. For that purpose we expand functions that describe thermodynamic state of elastic body into Fourier series in terms of Legendre polynomials with respect to thickness and find corresponding relations of thermoelasticity and heat conductivity for Fourier coefficients of those. Then using techniques developed in our previous publications we find system of differential equations and boundary conditions for Fourier coefficients. Case of first approximation (Vekua’s) theory is considered in more detail, and all relations and equations are explicitly presented. Obtained equations for Vekua’s shell theory have been analyzed and compared with classical Timoshenko’s and Kirchhoff-Love's shell theories.

#### 2. -D Formulation

Let an elastic body occupy an open 3-D Euclidian space in simply connected bounded domain with a smooth boundary . We assume that body is homogeneous isotropic shell of arbitrary geometry with thickness, material of which follows linear physical laws of thermoelasticity and heat conductivity. The shell occupies the domain in Euclidean space. Boundary of the shell can be presented in the form . Here is the middle surface of the shell, is its boundary, and are the outer sides, and is a sheer side.

Thermodynamic state of the body is defined by stress and strain tensors and displacements , traction , and body forces vectors, temperature , and vector of thermal flow and specific strength of the internal heat sources , respectively. These quantities are not independent they are related by equations of linear thermoelasticity and heat conductivity.

We introduce orthogonal system of coordinates , and , such that position vector of arbitrary point is equal to . Unit orthogonal basic vectors and their derivatives with respect to space coordinates are equal to where are Lame coefficients and are Christoffel symbols. They are calculated by the equations From the last equation it follows that for and

In the case if displacements and their gradients are small, the following kinematic Cauchy relations take place:

Equations of motion have the form where upper points are partial derivatives with respect to time .

We assume that the stress and deformation tensors and temperature are related by equations where and are elastic modulus and the coefficients of linear thermal expansion. In the isotropic case where and are the Lame constants, , and is a coefficient of linear thermal expansion.

Equations (6) and (7) are referred to as generalized Hooke’s law. They were introduced by Duhamel and substantiated using thermodynamic methods by Bio [8, 11].

Heat is distributed in the body according to Fourie’s law: where is the tensor of coefficients of thermal conductivity of the body, in the isotropic case , and is the coefficient of thermal conductivity of the body.

For convenience we transform the previous equations taking into account that the position vector of any point in domain , occupied by material points of shell, may be presented as where is the position vector of the points located on the middle surface of shell and is a unit vector normal to the middle surface.

We consider that are curvilinear coordinates associated with main curvatures of the middle surface of the shell. In this case 3-D equations (4)–(8) can be simplified taking into account that Lame coefficients and their derivatives have the form

The equations of motion (5) after simplification have the form

The kinematic Cauchy relations (4) have the form In (10)–(12), are coefficients of the first quadratic form of a surface, and are its main curvatures. We also take into account that shell is relatively thin, and therefore

Following [8, 11] we can present coupled system of the equations of linear thermoelasticity and heat conductivity in the form

The differential operator for homogeneous isotropic medium has the form Other differential operators presented in (14) and (15), respectively, in the system of coordinates introduced here related to middle surface of the shell have the form

For mathematically correct formulation of the coupled problem of thermoelasticity and heat conductivity we have to formulate initial and boundary conditions. Initial conditions consist of assignment of the displacements, velocity, and temperature distribution in the initial moment of time. They can be written in the form

If the body occupied a finite region with the boundary , it is necessary to assign boundary conditions. We consider the mixed boundary conditions in the form

Now we can transform 3-D equations of thermoelasticity and heat conductivity in 2-D equations using Legendre polynomials series expansion.

#### 3. -D Formulation

We expand the physical parameters, that describe the thermodynamic state of the body, into the Legendre polynomials series along the coordinate . Such expansion can be done because any function , which is defined in domain and satisfies Dirichlet’s conditions (continuous, monotonous, and having finite set of discontinuity points), can be expanded into Legendre’s series according to formulas Any function of more than one independent variable can also be expanded into Legendre’s series with respect to for example, variable , but first the new normalized variable has to be introduced. Taking into account (19) we have The following relations take place for the derivatives with respect to time: and for the derivatives with respect to coordinates : respectively.

Integration of the derivatives with respect to coordinates gives us where

Now substituting stress tensor from (20) with considering the equations of motion (11), multiplying obtained relations by , and integrating over interval with respect to we obtain 2-D equations of motion in the form where

In the same way the 2-D kinematic Cauchy relations can be found: Let us consider generalized Hooke’s law for homogeneous anisotropic body and for isotropic one In the previously mentioned relations (26)–(30) the following orthogonality property of the Legendre’s polynomials has been used:

In order to find 2-D differential equations in the form of displacements we substitute the kinematic Cauchy relations (28) with Hooke’s law for homogeneous body (30). As a result we have

Substitution of these equations in the equations of equilibrium (26) gives us the 2-D equations in displacements in the form where

Now instead of the finite 3-D system of the differential equations in displacements (14) we have an infinite system of 2-D differential equations for coefficients of the Legendre’s polynomial series expansion. In order to simplify the problem approximate theory has to be developed, and only the finite number of members has to be taken into account in the expansion (20) and in all the previous relations. For example, if we consider -order approximate shell theory, only members in the expansion (20) are taken into account: In this case we consider that and for and for .

Order of the system of differential equations depends on assumption regarding thickness distribution of the stress-strain parameters of the shell.

#### 4. Vekua’s Shell Equations

In the case if only the first two terms of the Legendre polynomials series are considered in the expansion (20) we have the first approximation shell theory which is usually referred to as Vekua’s shell theory. In this case the thermodynamic parameters, which describe the state of the shell, can be presented in the form where coefficients of the expansion are The equations of motion (26) in this case have the form The kinematic Cauchy relations (28) have the form The generalized Hooke’s law for homogeneous isotropic material (30) has the form

Substitution of the kinematic Cauchy relations (39) with the generalized Hooke’s law (40) and the result of the equations of motion (38) give us the 2-D equations in displacements for Vekua’s shell theory in the form and the equation of heat conductivity in the form where , and depend on thermal conditions on the outer sides and of the shell. In the case if temperatures and are prescribed on and , respectively, they have the form

Differential operators that appear in the equations of thermoelasticity (41) and heat conductivity (42) for shells of arbitrary geometry are presented in the Appendix Section.

#### 5. Timoshenko’s Shell Equations

Timoshenko's theory of shells is based on assumptions concerning the value and distribution of the stress-strain state of the shell. Thus, according to static assumptions and according to kinematic assumptions . In this theory the thermodynamic state of shells is determined by quantities specified on the middle surface. The stress state is characterized by the normal , tangential , and shear forces, as well as the bending and twisting moments. They are defined as follows: Comparison with (37) gives us the following relation between corresponding parameters in Vekua’s and Timoshenko’s theories: Components and are not taken into account in Timoshenko's theory of shells. That follows also from the static hypothesis.

Displacements in the Timoshenko's theory of shells are defined by vectors and with components and , respectively. They correspond to displacements of the middle surface and rotation of the elements perpendicular to the middle surface in the planes . These parameters are related to the coefficients of the displacements expansion in the Vekua’s theory in the following way: Component is not taken into account in Timoshenko's theory of shells.

Deformations in Timoshenko’s theory are determined by the relations Roughly speaking components correspond to the tension-compression deformation of the middle surface, components to the transversal shear deformation, and components to the bending and twisting middle surface, respectively. The following formulas give us relations with corresponding quantities in Vekua’s theory: Component and are not taken into account in the Timoshenko's theory of shells. That follows also from the kinematic hypothesis.

The kinematic Cauchy relations in Timoshenko's theory of shells have the following form:

The equations of motion have the form

The generalized Hooke’s law for Timoshenko's theory of shells has the form Such form of the generalized Hooke’s law follows from the static hypothesis according to which , and therefore

Substituting kinematic relations (49) with generalized Hooke’s law (51) and considering the result of the equations of motion (50) we obtain the following system of the differential equations in the form of displacements:

Differential operators that appear in (53) for shells of arbitrary geometry are presented in the Appendix Section.

The equations of heat conductivity in Timoshenko's theory of shells have the same form as in the Vekua’s shells theory, that is, defined by (42).

Components of the stress tensor can be calculated from the equations

The equations presented here allow us calculate stress-strain state of the shells under static and dynamic action of mechanical and thermal load.

#### 6. Kirchhoff-Love’s Shell Equations

In the classical Kirchhoff-Love's theory of shells in addition to the assumptions of Timoshenko's theory it is assumed that and that the angles of rotation of the normal-to-middle surface vector become dependent; they are given by the equations

Substituting (55) with the kinematic equations for Timoshenko's shell theory we obtain kinematic equations for Kirchhoff-Love's shell theory in the form From two last equations of motion for Timoshenko's shell theory (50) we can find Substituting them with other equations of motion (50) we obtain

In the same way substituting kinematic relations (56) with generalized Hooke’s law (51) and considering the result of the equations of motion (58) we obtain the following system of the differential equations in the form of displacements for Kirchhoff-Love's shell theory: