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An Overview of Functionally Graded Materials with Recent Developments in Modelling Methodologies and its Processing Techniques

An overview of the achievements of the “Functionally Graded Materials (FGM)” in the field of processing techniques is given and recent developments in the field of graded polymer processing are considered. The importance of modeling of gradient formation, sintering and drying for the production of defect-free parts with predictable gradients in microstructure is discussed, to the processing of functionally graded materials are given. Critical review of the reported studies in the area of thermo-mechanical analyses of functionally graded (FG) plates with an emphasis on the recent works published since 1998. Because of the extensive growth in the body of knowledge in FGMs in the last two decades, it is prudent to reduce the review to a manageable level by concentrating on the FG plate problems only.