Structural analysis of gradient elastic components

A. E. Giannakopoulos, K. Stamoulis

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The present study investigates the size effects in the problems of cantilever beam bending and cracked bar tension within the gradient elasticity framework. Analytical solutions for metrics that characterize both the normalized stiffness and toughness are derived. It is found that the gradient elastic beam exhibits a significantly stiffer but also more brittle response, while the gradient cracked bar exhibits considerable toughening. These results compare well with respective finite element computations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3440-3451
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2007
Externally publishedYes


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