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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 5141060, 17 pages
Research Article

An Inhomogeneous Cell-Based Smoothed Finite Element Method for Free Vibration Calculation of Functionally Graded Magnetoelectroelastic Structures

School of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130025, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Liming Zhou

Received 27 October 2017; Revised 23 December 2017; Accepted 15 January 2018; Published 7 March 2018

Academic Editor: Marco Alfano

Copyright © 2018 Yan Cai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To overcome the overstiffness and imprecise magnetoelectroelastic coupling effects of finite element method (FEM), we present an inhomogeneous cell-based smoothed FEM (ICS-FEM) of functionally graded magnetoelectroelastic (FGMEE) structures. Then the ICS-FEM formulations for free vibration calculation of FGMEE structures were deduced. In FGMEE structures, the true parameters at the Gaussian integration point were adopted directly to replace the homogenization in an element. The ICS-FEM provides a continuous system with a close-to-exact stiffness, which could be automatically and more easily generated for complicated domains, thus significantly decreasing the numerical error. To verify the accuracy and trustworthiness of ICS-FEM, we investigated several numerical examples and found that ICS-FEM simulated more accurately than the standard FEM. Also the effects of various equivalent stiffness matrices and the gradient function on the inherent frequency of FGMEE beams were studied.