Vibration of a solid circular plate subjected to rapid surface heating is analyzed in this research. Properties of the plate are all temperature and position dependent. Plate is modeled using the first order shear deformation theory. To account for the large deformations, the von Kármán type of geometrical non-linearity is taken into account. Plate is subjected to surface heating at both top and bottom surfaces. Time dependent one-dimensional heat conduction equation is solved via an iterative finite difference scheme and thermal force and thermal moment resultants are evaluated at each time step. Non-linear motion equations of the plate are established with the aid of Hamilton’s principle and the generalized Ritz method. Solution of such equations is obtained employing a hybrid Newton-Raphson-Newmark method. It is shown that thermally induced vibrations exist for the sufficiently thin FGM plate.

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