A hierarchy of dynamic equations for solid isotropic circular cylinders
Journal article, 2014

This work considers homogeneous isotropic circular cylinders adopting a power series expansion method in the radial coordinate. Equations of motion together with consistent sets of end boundary conditions are derived in a systematic fashion up to arbitrary order using a generalized Hamilton’s principle. Time domain partial differential equations are obtained for longitudinal, torsional, and flexural modes, where these equations are asymptotically correct to all studied orders. Numerical examples are presented for different sorts of problems, using exact theory, the present series expansion theories of different order, and various classical theories. These results cover dispersion curves, eigenfrequencies and the corresponding displacement and stress distributions, as well as fix frequency motion due to prescribed end displacement or lateral distributed forces. The results illustrate that the present approach may render benchmark solutions provided higher order truncations are used, and act as engineering cylinder equations using low order truncation.


Hossein Abadikhah


Peter Folkow


Wave Motion

0165-2125 (ISSN)

Vol. 51 2 206-221

Subject Categories

Applied Mechanics

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Basic sciences



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