This paper presents an analytical study on the dynamic behavior of the infinitely-long, FGM cylindrical shell subjected to combined action of the axial tension, internal compressive load and ring-shaped compressive pressure with constant velocity. It is assumed that the cylindrical shell is a mixture of metal and ceramic that its properties changes as a function of the shell thickness. The problem is studied on the basis of the theory of vibrations of cylindrical shells. Derived formulas for the maximum static and dynamic displacements, dynamic factors and critical velocity for the FGM cylindrical shell subjected to moving loads. Numerical calculations have been made for fully metal, fully ceramic and FGM (Si3N4/SUS304) cylindrical shells. A parametric study is conducted to demonstrate the effects of the material property gradient, the radius to thickness ratio and the velocity of the moving load on the dynamic displacements and dynamic factors of the inner and ring-shaped pressures for FGM cylindrical shells. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.