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Keeping this in view, it may be interesting to extend the above analysis for

rotating disk made of isotropic FG composite having variable thickness profile.

The processing of composites may lead to thermal residual stresses,

which are responsible for different yield strengths of the composite under

tension and compression. Singh and Ray (2003b) investigated steady state

creep, using Norton’s power law, in a constant thickness rotating composite

disk in the presence of thermal residual stresses. In this light, it is decided to

investigate the effect of thermal residual stress on the creep behavior of rotating

composite disk having variable thickness and creeping according to a threshold

stress based law with a stress exponent of 5.

The study conducted by Wahl et al (1954; 1963) reveals that while

evaluating the long-time creep behavior of steel disks, it is necessary to

consider the effects of transient period. The literature consulted so far,

pertaining to creep behavior of rotating composite disk, reveals that the effect of

transient period has not been considered while evaluating creep response of the

composite disk. Neglecting the transient phase can lead to errors in estimating

the creep deformation of the disk, whose magnitude may be of the order of

elastic strains in the disk. Therefore, it is imperative to undertake a study to

investigate the effects of initial transient period on the long-time creep behavior

of the rotating composite disk.