Analytical and Model Studies of Continuous Plates

by John E. Goldberg,
Martin J. Gutzwiller,
Robert H. Lee,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 5, Pg. 1127-1158

Document Type: Journal Paper


The finite difference technique is used to obtain a numerical solution for stress resultants and displacements of continuous folded plate structures. The governing differential equations of plate and elasticity theory are written as four second-order equations involving three displacements and a plate bending moment (u, v, w and Mx). This technique allows the use of a tridiagonal matrix routine for the solution of the resulting difference equations. Experimental results from three aluminum models are compared with the values predicted by the theory.

Subject Headings: Continuous structures | Plates | Displacement (mechanics) | Numerical methods | Folded plates | Differential equations | Elastic analysis | Bending (structural)

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